Origin gets $6.2m funding to boost EV fleet

Electric vehicle (EV) fleet parked in carpark at Origin Energy offices
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Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated $6.2 million in funding to Origin Energy for the Accelerate EV Fleet Program.

The $12.8 million program will see Origin deliver 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure to business customers nationally.

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Origin’s program is designed to help establish supply chains and business ecosystems that can be scaled up as the capital cost of EVs fall and more businesses look to transition their fleets.

On top of higher upfront vehicle costs, charging infrastructure presents an additional financial barrier to switching to electric vehicles.

ARENA funding will support the installation of smart chargers, helping to reduce a significant component of the additional costs of running an EV fleet.

Origin general manager e-mobility Chau Le said, “This funding from ARENA will allow us to support more business customers with their transition to EVs, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint and operating costs.

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“Origin’s ambition is to lead the energy transition with cleaner and smarter customer solutions, and helping to accelerate the uptake of EVs in Australia is an important part of this.”

Origin is partnering with fleet management organisation Custom Fleet to deliver the Accelerate EV Fleet Program, which will run until 2025.

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