NSW offering $20 million in EV charging grants

The NSW Government is offering $20 million in EV charging grants to sites across regional NSW to help drive regional tourism.

The grants, ranging from $2000 to $40,000 per site, will see up to 3500 EV chargers rolled out across the state as part of a $171 million investment in EV charging over the next four years.

Those that can apply for the grants include motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions, visitor information centres, museums, and zoos, with the chargers capable of providing a top-up of up to 130km of range in an hour.

Sam Farraway, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, said a series of EV tourist drives would also be developed to help promote EV travel across regional NSW.

“This will grow local economies and support small businesses in areas impacted by Covid, bushfires and floods.”

The grants will be offered on a co-funded basis with the NSW Government offering 75 per cent towards buying up to four alternating current (AC) destinations, 75 per cent towards charger installation, and 50 per cent towards a two-year charger software subscription.

The NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy aims to increase EV sales to 52 per cent of all new car sales by 2030-31, and also includes a $31 million investment for ultra-fast charging infrastructure and a $20 million investment in EV charging in commuter car parks, creating a world class charging network across the state.

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