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THE NSW government has received strong support from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) after announcing a commitment of almost $300 million to electric vehicles infrastructure.

The NSW state budget provides for a funding package aimed at expanding EV infrastructure across the state. This includes:

  • $149 million to co-fund EV fast chargers, reducing the time needed to recharge batteries.
  • $105 million to support businesses and local government fleets in procuring EVs and installing necessary charging infrastructure.
  • $20 million to co-fund EV destination chargers at regional tourist spots, promoting sustainable tourism.
  • $10 million to co-fund EV kerbside chargers in metropolitan areas, aiding EV drivers without off-street parking access.
  • $10 million to co-fund retrofitting of EV infrastructure in apartment buildings, making EV ownership more accessible for residents.

This $294 million in funding is in addition to the previously announced $263.5 million to advance the rollout of the updated NSW EV Strategy. 

The FCAI said it was a “substantial commitment to the future of electric vehicles”.

FCAI CEO Tony Weber said the budget measures will play a pivotal role in transforming the automotive landscape in NSW.

“The NSW government’s significant investment in electric vehicle infrastructure is a decisive step towards wide-spread adoption of the zero-emissions technology,” he said.

“By supporting the development of fast chargers, local government and business fleets, and EV infrastructure in key areas, this budget addresses crucial barriers to EV adoption.

“The FCAI acknowledges the approach taken to ensure that both metropolitan and regional areas benefit from enhanced EV infrastructure. This balanced investment is essential for ensuring that all NSW communities can benefit.”

Mr Weber said the industry now looked forward to working with the NSW government to support the successful implementation of these initiatives and “to continue advocating for policies that promote cleaner, and low and zero-emission options for all Australians.”

“The measures announced today are an important step towards the ambitious 50 per cent target of all new car sales being electric by 2030,” he said.

In January, the Victorian government said it would invest $19 million to accelerate the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure across the state.

It said that work was also underway “to make charging easier in the future through planning and building standards, meaning more charging locations at workplaces and public spaces.”

In Queensland, the Queensland Electric Super Highway promised 53 fast chargers along the 5386km  ‘super highway’ by the end of 2023.

By the end of this year, another 46 fast-charging sites across 30 towns are planned through a $10 million commitment to co-fund charging infrastructure under Queensland’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy.

By Neil Dowling

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