Friday, February 23, 2024

NSW Govt charges up EV fund for regional councils

Applications for funding for the installation of EV charging infrastructure in regional NSW are now open for regional NSW councils and small to medium tourism businesses.

Successful applicants for the NSW Government’s Destination Charging Program will receive 75% of the cost of purchasing and installing up to four charge points at each site.

“Providing EV charging plugs at regional destinations across our state will help make ‘range anxiety’ a concern of the past and give more drivers the confidence to make EV purchases,” said NSW Minister for Energy, Penny Sharpe.

“More EVs on the roads is an important part of the decarbonisation of our transport system and essential to meeting our net zero by 2050 target.”

Around 3,000 EV chargers will be installed at tourism destinations under the $10 million allocated for Round 2 of the Destination Charging Program.

Destinations could include motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions, visitor information centres, museums, zoos and local government facilities, said Minister for Regional NSW, Tara Moriarty.

Following the rollout of the chargers, a series of EV tourist drives will be developed to promote EV travel across NSW.

“The destination charging grants are another example of this government putting the needs of regional people at the heart of its decision-making,” said Minister Moriarty.

“Regional residents as well as tourists deserve to have the confidence to be able to purchase EVs knowing the required charging infrastructure is available to them locally.”

The Destination Charging Program is part of a $209 million investment in charging infrastructure that also includes $10 million in grants to retrofit apartments with EV chargers, $10 million for more kerbside charging and $149 million for ultra-fast charging infrastructure.

For more information, visit the Energy NSW website.

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