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NSW to lead nation with EV fast charging network

Drivers across the state will have access to the best fast-charging network in the nation under the New South Wales Government’s Electric Vehicle Charging Masterplan.

The Masterplan is an interactive online resource for EV charging providers and planners to explore the potential of the network and invest in its expansion.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the interactive Masterplan is about making NSW the best place in the nation to buy and drive an electric vehicle.

“The Masterplan highlights our plans to boost our existing charging network by over 300 per cent – providing more EV charging stations than all the other Australian states and territories combined,” said Constance.

“The NSW Government will co-fund new ultra-fast charging stations by providing about 1,000 charging bays along key travel routes across the state and unlocking around $160 million in private investment.

“The ultra-fast chargers will allow vehicles to charge to optimal range in under 10 minutes or about the time it takes to have a cup of coffee – future proofing the state and signaling to the market that NSW is ready to receive more EV models.”

Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean said the Masterplan will include data on electricity supply, traffic volumes, points of interest and projected demand for chargers over the next 10 years.

“This Masterplan will put range anxiety firmly in the rear-view mirror,” said Kean.

“Our EV Strategy will build EV Super Highways and Commuter Corridors across the State – keeping communities connected and ensuring travellers can reach their destination with ease.

“We will also ensure all Government-funded charging stations are powered with renewable energy, helping to reduce emissions to net zero.”

The Masterplan is a fully open-access map that will help investors identify optimal locations for electric vehicle fast charging infrastructure and will help to assess applications for EV charging grants.

The Masterplan is the latest step in the state’s nation leading half-a-billion-dollar Electric Vehicle Strategy, released as part of the 2021-22 NSW Budget.

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