To drive the uptake of electric vehicles in the ACT and to ensure charger availability for the community, the ACT Government has announced the successful providers that will deliver 77 public charging stations – including over 150 charging points – across the ACT.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said the $1.4 million grant funding will substantially increase the ACT’s electric vehicle public charging network, which is currently made up of about 30 chargers.
“We know that zero emissions vehicles are the future of not only the ACT, but also the global transport system,” Minister Rattenbury said. “Access to fast, reliable charging stations will help combat range-anxiety and provide electric vehicle drivers, and those looking to switch to an electric vehicle, peace of mind that they are able to charge their car when they need to.
“Most electric vehicle owners choose to charge their cars at home, but there is still a need to expand our network of public charging infrastructure. This investment will see 77 new public charging stations rolled out, bringing the total number of public charging station to around 100 across the Territory. This will more than triple the number of publicly available electric vehicle chargers in the ACT. With two plugs per station, this means 154 new plugs for electric vehicle drivers to use.
“While we currently see stronger demand in the central areas of Canberra, this program will roll out chargers in every district of Canberra, from Tuggeranong to Gungahlin, providing better access than ever to charging points for all Canberrans.
“Installation of the charging infrastructure is anticipated to commence before the end of the year, with most chargers expected to be online in 2023. Under the ACT Zero Emissions Vehicle Strategy 2022-30, the ACT Government is committed to expanding the ACT’s charging network to at least 180 public charging stations by 2025.
“By supporting the transition to zero emission vehicles, we are not only helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become a net zero emissions city by 2045, we are future-proofing our city for tomorrow’s transport needs.”
The successful providers rolling out the new charging stations include Jolt, Evie Networks, and Engie.