The first NRMA fast charging station for electric vehicles within the Barrington Coast has opened at Nabiac.
(Story & photo courtesy of Manning Valley Times published 5 June 2019)
The fast charger will enable most EV motorists to charge their cars in about 30 minutes. A standard public EV charger takes between 3-6 hours.
The station has been installed near the sporting facilities on Nabiac Street, allowing motorists to use local amenities while charging.
And the NRMA offers this recharge service FREE to their members!
Nabiac is one of 17 NRMA electric vehicle fast charging stations to open to the public across the state that also includes Sydney Olympic Park, Wallsend, Jindabyne, Pokolbin, Mittagong, Narrandera, Berry, Young, West Wyalong, Bathurst, Parkes, Dubbo, Grafton, Tamworth, Batemans Bay and Orange.
MidCoast Council mayor David West said the charger would help support tourism. “Facilitating EV motoring in our region is a natural fit for MidCoast Council, in keeping with our strong focus on environmental protection and conservation,” Cr West said.
“Tourism is vital to our economy and the Barrington Coast’s unique offering of nature-based experiences attracts visitors who are also interested in EV motoring.
“We expect this EV fast charging station to be in high demand by our visitors, and to be followed by more in our region in the near future.”
The NRMA has committed $10 million to build one of Australia’s largest fast charging networks across NSW and the ACT.
NRMA commercial projects general manager, Elspeth Cronin said the Nabiac fast charger would be a game changer for electric vehicle motorists travelling to the Barrington Coast and beyond.
“The NRMA is serious about ensuring the next generation of mobility is accessible not just in city areas but right across our regions,” Ms Cronin said.
“The mid north coast has long been one of our State’s most popular destinations for motoring tourists, and now we are ensuring those great touring routes are even more accessible for everyone.
“We know that one of the key reasons why the uptake of electric vehicle ownership has been relatively slow in Australia is because motorists are worried about where their next charge will be, particularly when they’re on the road in regional NSW.
“The opening of our first fast charger on the Barrington Coast means we have now opened the north coast region to EV motorists who want to keep moving and not wait hours for a charge.
“With NRMA fast chargers already in the Hunter and Newcastle, Nabiac is perfectly positioned to allow drivers to continue further, more quickly, up the coast.”
Ms Cronin said the motoring organisation was committed to delivering a solution to ‘range anxiety’, by installing an extensive network of electric vehicle fast chargers throughout NSW and the ACT.
“Our aim is that 95 per cent of EV journeys are within 150 kilometres of one of our charging stations,” she said.