RAA to build and operate SA’s EV charging network

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The South Australian Government has awarded a $12.4 million grant to motoring organisation RAA to construct and operate Australia’s first statewide rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

Australia’s first statewide network will comprise 536 fast and rapid charging points across 140 EV charging sites in 52 rural, regional and metropolitan service locations.

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Premier Steven Marshall said the statewide EV charging network was a key component in South Australia’s electric vehicle transformation, giving motorists the confidence to travel further by eliminating range anxiety.

“This plan will make electric vehicles the first choice for someone buying a new car by 2030 with the environmental and economic benefits that brings to South Australia,” Premier Steven Marshall said.

“EVs will be able to travel from Bordertown to Border Village and everywhere in between with the benefits of this statewide rapid charging network.

“The RAA’s position of trust in the South Australia community made the motoring organisation the natural choice to operate the statewide EV charging network.”

The $12.4 million statewide EV fast charging network is part of the state government’s $53 million Electric Vehicle Action Plan.

As part of the $53 million the SA Government is offering 7000 motorists a $3000 subsidy and 3-year registration holiday when they buy a new EV. Another $2000 is available to 7500 households, with new or existing plug-in EVs, that invest in smart charging solutions in their homes.

“Electric vehicles offer more benefits than just getting from A to B, they will also significantly contribute to the stability and efficiency of our electricity system, further reducing the cost of power for all South Australians,” Deputy Premier Dan van Holst Pellekaan said.

“Construction of the statewide EV charging network sends a clear message to global vehicle manufacturers, business and the community that we are intent on leading the transition to electric vehicles in Australia.

“Our state’s abundant wind and solar resources will be harnessed to power a reliable network of charging stations that will accelerate EV uptake and help achieve our target of net-100 per cent renewables by 2030.

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“More than 140 site hosts are expected to take advantage of this opportunity, helping South Australia continue its leadership in EV uptake, and our transition to renewable energy.”

Construction of the statewide EV charging network is expected to commence mid-2022.

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