ADELAIDE, AAP – Supermarkets, motels, holiday parks and petrol stations are among more than 600 sites keen to host electric vehicle charging stations under the South Australian government’s plan to boost the state’s charging network.
The government will invest $13.4 million in the strategy designed to end “range anxiety” and make electric cars the preferred choice for consumers by 2030.
“Electric vehicles will lower motoring costs, air, noise and carbon pollution and help reduce the price of electricity for all South Australians by better using the grid,” Energy and Mining Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said.
“Fast charging, particularly in regional and remote areas, will remove a big barrier to electric vehicles, fear of running out of power, or range anxiety.
“We want to make sure motorists know they can buy an electric car, and still enjoy the pleasure of travelling our highways and byways without fear of being stranded.”
The government’s plan includes the installation of 120 fast chargers in the Adelaide CBD and many more throughout the suburbs.
It also intends to expand the network across regional and remote South Australia, with more charging stations in key tourist areas in the Adelaide Hills, the mid and far north, on Eyre Peninsula and in the southeast.
Royal Automobile Association Technology Specialist Mark Borlace said member surveys had shown a lack of regional charging stations was a significant disincentive to buying an electric car.
“The roll out of electric vehicle charging stations is welcomed and will increase the uptake of these environmentally friendlier technologies,” he said.
“RAA supports the government’s desire to lead the nation in the uptake of electric vehicles and smart charging and reduce electricity costs for all South Australians.”
Property owners and businesses can still register their interest to become site hosts through the Department for Energy and Mining’s website.