The NRMA has extended its network of electric vehicle fast charging stations in the North West with the installation of a charger at Gunnedah.
The fast charger will allow most 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.
The Gunnedah station has been installed at the Kepreotes Car Park on Little Barber Street, centrally located a street back from the Kamilaroi Highway.
The Gunnedah charging station is the 24th 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, Grafton, Byron Bay, Bega, Lithgow, Holbrook and Jugiong.
NRMA Executive General Manager Motoring Nell Payne said the Gunnedah charger would help drive the next generation of motoring tourists to the region, improving mobility and contributing to the local tourism economies.
“We are proud to be opening the North West to EV motorists. This charger will connect those travelling to and from Tamworth into the Liverpool Plains via public chargers, which was not previously possible,” 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’.
“That’s why we’re building this extensive network of chargers in towns like Gunnedah to safeguard against that happening, and make sure regional areas don’t get left behind because we know regional communities thrive when regional tourism thrives.
“This charging station means electric vehicle owners can charge quickly and safely, and then enjoy the rest of their drive without having to worry about time spent waiting for a charge.
“Our aim is that 95 percent of Member journeys are within 150km of one of our charging stations,” Ms Payne said.
Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey was pleased Gunnedah would be home to the new infrastructure.
“It is exciting to see innovation and evolution in this industry,” Cr Chaffey said.
“NRMA are rolling out the EV Chargers and in doing so, are making an important investment in infrastructure in Rural Australia. These chargers are capable of charging a vehicle in 30 minutes which is the perfect time to drop in to our Visitor Information Centre and head into Gunnedah and see what we have to offer.”