Transport for New South Wales has partnered with Australian electric vehicle (EV) charger network provider Jolt to provide EV chargers for transport hubs across Sydney.
The New South Wales (NSW) government has invested A$250,000 (£130,876) in the partnership, in addition to A$209m (£109m) in funding delivered as part of the NSW government EV strategy.
The first of the 50 fast chargers to be rolled out will be switched on at Penrith commuter car park with sites at Cronulla and Oatley to be delivered in the next few months.
According to Jolt, the first 7kWh of charge are free and takes around 17 minutes, depending on the car.
After users have reached the 7kWh threshold, a cost of A$0.46 per kWh (£0.24p) will be applied. There is also an idle fee of A$1.00 (£0.52p) per minute when a vehicle is plugged in and occupying the space but no longer charging.
Transport for New South Wales’ chief technology and innovation officer, Kurt Brissett, said: “These chargers will offer commuters a simple top-up option at train stations and other hubs, and we’re confident they’ll be very popular.
“It is important that we do what we can to support the transition to electric vehicles and encourage public transport use where possible.
“In the last year, EV registrations have risen more than 150% on average across NSW and more than tripled in Penrith.
“Motorists across NSW already have access to more than 820 public charging stations, however these can often be far apart or can take hours to fully charge a standard EV.”
Jolt has grown its network of EV chargers across Australia over the last few years. It recently provided seven public 25kW DC chargers in the Knox City Council area of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
The supplier said it aims to have more than 5,000 chargers nationwide over the next five to 10 years.
Achievements and innovations in EV charging will be celebrated at the third annual CiTTi Awards, which will be held on 26 November 2024 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Nominations officially open in March 2024. Visit www.cittiawards.co.uk to learn more about this unmissable event for the UK’s transportation sector.