NRMA fast charging Byron Bay

08 August 2019
Byron Bay EV Charger
Byron Bay EV Charger

The NRMA continues to drive tourism by opening up the Northern Rivers Region to electric vehicle drivers with the launch of an Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station at The Farm in Byron Bay.

The fast charger will allow most EV motorists to charge their cars in about 30 minutes. Standard public EV chargers take between three and six hours, and traditional power outlets can take more than 12 hours.

The Byron Bay charging station is the 19th 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, Berry, Young, West Wyalong, Bathurst, Parkes, Dubbo, Nabiac, Tamworth, Batemans Bay, Orange, Glen Innes and Grafton.

The NRMA has committed $10 million to build one of Australia’s largest fast charging networks across NSW and the ACT.

NRMA Executive General Manager Motoring Nell Payne said the Byron Bay charger would further enhance motoring infrastructure for road-trippers in the region.

“We know Byron Bay is an incredibly popular destination with both domestic and international motoring tourists and we want to make it easy for the next generation of motorists to spend time exploring this beautiful part of the country with ease and confidence,” Ms Payne said.

“We know one of the key reasons electric vehicle uptake has been relatively slow in Australia is because people are worried there isn’t any charging infrastructure available along their journeys.

“A connected electric vehicle charging network will calm these concerns and the NRMA is proud to be part of the solution to that perceived ‘range anxiety’ – our network of fast chargers will allow EV motorists to tour all Byron Shire has to offer. By charging at The Farm they can enjoy the local amenities and services and then safely continue on their journey.”

Ms Payne said today’s opening would further activate the NRMA’s Pacific Highway route enabling connections through to the Queensland super highway to the north, Grafton and Urunga and eventually onwards to Sydney to the south.

“Our aim is that 95 per cent of Member journeys are within 150 kilometres of one of our charging stations,” Ms Payne said.

Ryan Sharpley, Chief Executive Officer, The Farm Collective said the addition of the electric vehicle charging stations are another welcome service for the broader Northern Rivers community.

“These fast chargers allow people passing The Farm to top up their car as they travel through our magnificent region,” Mr Sharpley said.

“These stations align with our sustainability frame work and as we continue to invest in our Byron Bay site, we plan to further reduce our environmental footprint powering these stations with onsite solar generated electricity in the near future”.

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