The NRMA continues to expand its network of electric vehicle fast charging stations in its Centenary year with the installation of a charger at Mudgee, further opening up the Central West Region to electric vehicle drivers.
The fast charger will allow EV motorists to fully charge their cars in about 40 minutes. Standard public EV chargers take between three and six hours, and traditional power outlets can take more than 12 hours.
Located at Club Mudgee, 99 Mortimer St, Mudgee, 2850, the charger is in close proximity to cafes, restaurants and a major shopping centre. Only five minutes’ walk to Mudgee Town Hall and Robertson Park with an array of wineries less than 30 minutes’ drive away. The Mudgee charging station is the state’s 36th NRMA electric vehicle fast charging station.
NRMA General Manager Ops and Motoring Dan Maranhao said the Mudgee charger will help drive the future of mobility and contribute to the local tourism economy that needs our help more than ever in the wake of the devastating drought, bushfires and now a global pandemic.
“We are proud to be further opening up the Central West Region to fast charging. This station adds a charging option on the Castlereagh Highway enabling connections to Lithgow to the south and the central north of NSW linking with the Golden Highway to the north,” Mr Maranhao 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 are continuing 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. “Our commitment to building an electric vehicle fast charging network that connects all of NSW has never been more important. We are ensuring the infrastructure is there to support the Great Australian Road trip for generations to come as we make the transition to electric vehicles,” Mr Maranhao said.
Once completed, the NRMA’s fast charging network will expand to more than 60 chargers and be able to link up with major routes in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
Club Mudgee Chief Executive Officer Maureen Hutchison said: The partnership between NRMA and the Club has opened up opportunities for motorists to come into the beautiful town of Mudgee and spend time within the region. The Club has wonderful facilities for visitors which will suit any motorist including great food, an extensive range of beverages including coffee, local wines and craft beers. Visitors can relax in air-conditioned comfort whilst waiting for their cars to be charged.