Ausgrid and JOLT open free EV charging station in Mona Vale

A white Tesla charges at the Ausgrid JOLT EV charging station in Mona Vale
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Electric vehicle owners and users can now enjoy free, fast charging with the first Ausgrid JOLT EV charging station operational in Mona Vale.

The world first initiative has transformed an existing Ausgrid streetside kiosk into a state-of-the-art EV charging station on Bungan Street, Mona Vale.

Ausgrid chief customer officer Rob Amphlett Lewis said Ausgrid’s program to convert existing streetside “green boxes” to also double as charging stations was going to help push Sydney into greater EV take-up.

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“We’re using existing, essential electrical infrastructure on the street to provide a free service for the community and hopefully help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles in Australia,” Amphlett Lewis said.

“Innovative projects like this are the future of energy. They give our customers access to renewable energy choices and incentivise electric vehicle use which is a key step in the transition towards cleaner transport options.

“People will be able to pull up, plug in and be on their way in 15 minutes. We’re thankful to have the support of the community and the Northern Beaches Council to make this happen.”

JOLT CEO Doug McNamee said he planned to rollout 500 charging kiosks across the Ausgrid network.

“We’re excited to be teaming up with Ausgrid for the launch of our Sydney network, giving drivers the ability to access free, fast charging across the city. Drivers will get 7Kwh free per day, potentially saving over $1000 a year,” McNamee said.

“JOLT’s partnership with Ausgrid helps solve the major barriers affecting the uptake of EVs including access to charging, cost and range anxiety.

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“In the past 12 months, EV ownership has skyrocketed, almost doubling to 23 thousand new registrations, representing the second year in a row where the total number of electric vehicles has almost doubled. Now, more than ever, Australians are gearing up for an EV revolution,” McNamee said.

Customers will be able to sign up via the JOLT app to access 7kWh for free once per day, which takes around 15 minutes to charge. Users looking for more than 7kWh can pay for further energy via the app.

The next kiosk will open in Strathfield, with plans for charging stations to be rolled out across Sydney, including Randwick, Hornsby and the Northern Beaches.