NRMA installs first EV fast charging station in Southern Highlands

15 October 2018
NRMA EV charger Southern Highlands, Mittagong
NRMA EV charger Southern Highlands, Mittagong


The NRMA has unlocked the Southern Highlands to electric vehicle motorists by installing a fast charging station at Mittagong RSL.

The fast charger is the first to be installed in the Highlands, and will allow most EV motorists to charge their cars within about 30 minutes. Standard public EV chargers take between three and six hours.

The station is the fifth of the electric vehicle fast charging station locations to open to the public, following stations at Sydney Olympic Park, Wallsend, Jindabyne and Pokolbin. The NRMA has committed a $10 million investment to build one of Australia’s largest fast charging networks across NSW and the ACT.

NRMA Chief Investment Officer Rachel Wiseman said the Mittagong charger had now activated the NRMA’s Southern Highlands route.

“The Southern Highlands is within easy reach of Sydney, Canberra and the Illawarra and now electric vehicle motorists will be able to drive to and from the region for daytrips or lovely weekends away without fear of having to spend several hours charging before continuing their journey,” Ms Wiseman said.

“We have strategically placed chargers at sites where people can stretch their legs and have access to amenities while charging their cars. The Mittagong RSL site was a great fit for the NRMA and our Members, it’s a brilliant facility located at the foothills of Mount Alexander and Mount Gibraltar, where motorists can start or finish journeys in comfort.

“The NRMA is committed to building a network that will cover about 95 per cent of electric vehicle journeys in NSW and the ACT by placing a fast charger every 150 kilometres. Today’s announcement is the next exciting step in bringing that network to life.

“Australia’s uptake of electric vehicles has been slow and we know one of the key reasons for that is range anxiety. As the NRMA’s network continues to roll out, range anxiety will diminish and we hope that more Australians will look to an electric vehicle future.”

Mittagong RSL General Manager Craig Madsen said the RSL was proud to continue its service to the community by offering a site for the charger.

“The Mittagong RSL is at the heart of the community and this latest addition means we are at the forefront of offering our Members, their guests and visitors to the Southern Highlands with what the modern motorist needs,” Mr Madsen said.