Ampol launches first AmpCharge EV fast charging site

Ampol CEO Matt Halliday (NSW) stands in front of EV with Ampcharge branding (eneos)
Ampol CEO Matt Halliday

Fuel retailer Ampol has officially opened its first AmpCharge electric vehicle (EV) charging site at its Ampol Woolworths MetroGo site in Alexandria, NSW.  

The new charging infrastructure is the first site in an initial rollout of 120 new sites to be delivered on Ampol forecourts Australia-wide by December 2023.  

Ampol managing director and CEO Matt Halliday said the milestone reflects Ampol’s shift to offer new energy solutions for customers to support the uptake of battery electric vehicles across Australia.  

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“This first site at Alexandria not only represents the beginning of the initial rollout of 120 EV fast charging sites in our retail network, but the first part of our shift to position as a provider of electricity solutions for customers wherever they need them.  

“The delivery of AmpCharge infrastructure on our forecourts will be complemented by new at-destination charging solutions in places like shopping centres, and our home charging infrastructure offer. We will also leverage our knowledge and strong relationships across industry to provide charging solutions to fleet infrastructure that will support energy transition.”  

Ampol executive general manager Brent Merrick said Ampol was looking to establish the leading EV charging network in Australia by 2030. 

“Electrification and electric vehicles will play a critical role in reducing emissions across Australia’s transport sector over the coming years and we have an important role to play in supporting this transition.  

“Our vision for the Ampol EV network is to develop a best-in-class EV charging ecosystem enabling the rollout of our own charging assets and allowing us to partner with others to form Australia’s leading EV charging network. The milestone today is part of the first-stage rollout of fast charging technology to sites across our national retail network.” 

The Alexandria site opening is part of the initial rollout of five pilot sites at Ampol service stations, with AmpCharge fast charging infrastructure to be launched in Carseldine QLD, Northmead NSW, Altona North VIC, and Belmont WA over the coming month.  

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Each site will be capable of delivering charge to an electric vehicle at up to 150kw and have the capacity to charge at least two vehicles concurrently. 

The five pilot sites have solar panels and solar battery storage provisions which we are trialling with the view to rolling out across our network. In addition, the energy used by our AmpCharge EV chargers will be 100 per cent offset by Large Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) to net the equivalent electricity consumption. 

The first five sites form part of an initial roll out to approximately 120 sites by December 2023 as part of an agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced in July last year, with ARENA providing partial funding backed by the Australian Government. 

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