The NRMA has installed an electric vehicle fast charging station at Young, enabling EV motorists to quickly charge their cars in the South West Slopes region.
The fast charger will allow most EV motorists to charge their cars within about 30 minutes. Standard public EV chargers take between three and six hours.
The NRMA has committed $10 million to build one of Australia’s largest fast charging networks across NSW and the ACT.
The Young charging station is the eighth of the NRMA’s electric vehicle fast charging stations to open to the public across the state, following Sydney Olympic Park, Wallsend near Newcastle, Jindabyne, Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, Mittagong in the Southern Highlands, Narrandera in the Riverina and Berry.
NRMA Chief Investment Officer Rachel Wiseman said the Young charger would help drive visitor numbers to the region with its convenience and speed.
“This charging station at Young will activate the NRMA’s South West Slopes route. EV motorists will soon be able to travel from Bathurst and Cowra to Young, and on to Wagga Wagga, Albury and into Victoria, all the while knowing they’re within reach of an NRMA fast charging station,” Ms Wiseman said.
“At the NRMA we’re serious about making sure these communities get the right, modern infrastructure to attract more visitors and to remain relevant for the future of motoring.
“We know that one of the key reasons why the uptake of electric vehicle ownership has been relatively slow in Australia is because motorists are worried about where their next charge will be, particularly outside of capital cities,” Ms Wiseman said.
“The NRMA is committed to delivering a solution to ‘range anxiety’, by installing an extensive network of electric vehicle fast chargers right across NSW and the ACT. Our aim is that 95 per cent of EV journeys are within 150 kilometres of one of our charging stations.”
Hilltops Council Mayor Cr Brian Ingram said he was happy that Young would now be put on the map for EV motorists.
“Council is pleased to partner with the NRMA to deliver infrastructure that will help drive more visitors to our region,” Mr Ingram said.