THE NRMA continues to expand its network of electric vehicle fast charging stations in its Centenary year with the installation of a charger at Coonabarabran, paving the way for the next generation of motoring tourists to the Warrumbungle region.
The fast charger will allow EV motorists to fully 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.
Located at the Visitor Information Centre Car Park, Newell Highway, Coonabarabran, the charger is in close proximity to bathroom amenities, cafes, art and crafts, and local gift shops. The Coonabarabran charging station is the state’s 29th NRMA electric vehicle fast charging station.
NRMA Executive General Manager Motoring Nell Payne said the Coonabarabran charger would help improve the future of mobility and contribute to the local tourism economies that need our help now more than ever in the wake of the devastating drought and bushfires.
“We are proud to be opening up the Warrumbungle Region to fast charging. This charger continues our Newall Highway route enabling connections to Dubbo to the south and Gunnedah to the west via the Oxley Highway,” Ms Payne said.
“At the NRMA we know one of the key reasons motorists in Australia have been hesitant to purchase electric vehicles is because they’re worried about ‘range anxiety’.
“In our Centenary year we will continue our legacy of keeping people moving by building this extensive network of chargers to safeguard against that happening.
“The NRMA is celebrating 100 years by investing in creating sustainable communities and opening the gates to more unique journeys. Our aim is that 95 per cent of Member journeys are within 150 kilometres of one of our charging stations so they can charge quickly and safely without having to worry about time spent waiting.
“Tourism is a lifeline for regional communities, providing much needed income and investment. By installing our chargers in regional areas we are ensuring they don’t get left behind and not only survive but thrive now and into the future,” Ms Payne said.
In a move designed to encourage Australians to road trip to regional communities, the NRMA Centenary celebrations will also feature five free family events across regional NSW with one in Bicentennial Park, Tamworth on 14 and 15 March.
“The NRMA’s Bright Futures tour is a platform to support regional areas affected by drought and bushfires. We want people to get in the car and join the NRMA for our road trips celebrations. Bring the family and while there spend some money in the local communities,” Ms Payne said.
Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd said, “Council is very pleased to be working with the NRMA to bring to fruition a car charging station at Coonabarabran. The charging station is located to give drivers the opportunity to stretch their legs, use amenities, and drop in to the Visitor Information Centre to explore the wonderful opportunities that the Warrumbungle Region has to offer.”