One of the world’s most advanced electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers has been installed at Maryborough in Central Victoria as part of 17 EV charging stations under construction throughout the region.
The new charging stations are in rural centres including Ouyen, Swan Hill, Kerang, Maryborough and Echuca, and smaller rural towns and key tourist sites including Robinvale, Wedderburn, Newbridge and Inglewood.
The new sites were identified as priority locations in the Charging the Regionsreport undertaken by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) and local governments. CVGA is delivering the EV charging stations program in the Loddon Mallee in partnership with Evie Network and local councils.
Maryborough’s Tritium RT-M is one of the first of its kind to be installed anywhere in the world. It is Australian technology and was developed and manufactured by Tritium in Queensland.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio said the government has invested $664,000 for installation of the chargers.
“I’m excited to see cutting-edge Australian technology installed in regional Victoria to attract tourists as well as ensuring regional Victorians are not left behind in the transition to electric vehicles,” she said.
“The electric vehicle charging stations we’re installing throughout the Loddon Mallee will put the region on the map for EV tourists, connecting Melbourne to Mallee unlocking the Goldfields and creating an EV tourist trail from Mildura to Echuca.”
“The chargers will encourage more visitors to our thriving regional cities and laid-back rural towns, which will boost local economies.”