New electric vehicle charging station opens in Torquay, Vic

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A new electric vehicle fast charging station has been opened in Torquay, with the Victorian Government saying it will boost tourism and make it quicker and easier for drivers to explore Victoria’s Surf Coast.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the new Chargefox ultra-rapid charging station at the RACV’s Torquay resort.

Powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, the charging station can fully charge an electric vehicle in less than 15 minutes with a range of approximately 400km – the fastest of any charger in Australia.

The Torquay site includes two ultra-rapid (350KW) and two fast (50KW) chargers that can charge four electric vehicles at the same time.

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The Labor Government is leading the nation in the rollout of this world-class technology, with $3 million to support seven electric vehicle charging stations across Victoria.

The Torquay site joins stations at Airport West, Euroa and Barnawartha North that are already open to the public, and three more expected to open in regional Victoria by the end of the year.

Despite the growing electric vehicle market globally, sales in Australia are significantly lower with 2216 electric cars sold in Australia last year out of 1.1 million vehicle sales worldwide.

Chargefox CEO Marty Andrews said the world-leading technology in Torquay will help to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and ensure tourists and locals alike can enjoy one of the world’s most scenic drives using renewable energy.

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