The first five sites of Ampol’s 120 planned charging locations will be operational by June.
Australian petrol retailing giant Ampol will start rolling out 150kW fast-chargers for electric vehicles at five of its key service stations.
Called AmpCharge, the pilot program will see chargers installed at Ampol service stations in Alexandria and Northmead in NSW, Altona North in Victoria, Belmont in WA and Carseldine in Queensland. It’s expected the electric car chargers will be operational by June and July this year.
The pilot program is the first stage of the brand’s charging network that will see eventually number 120 sites nationally by October 2023.
“Today, as energy needs evolve, our vision is to become Australia’s leading distributer of energy, providing mobility solutions for any of the vehicles our customers drive, anywhere and anytime they need it,” said Matt Halliday, Ampol Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in a statement.
“As we begin to evolve our national network, consumers will see AmpCharge in Ampol service stations, depots and terminals right across the country. For the first time, we’ll also be entering homes, workplaces and shopping centres as we seek to deliver simple and efficient charging solutions at convenient locations to keep people moving.”
Ampol has committed to using only electricity from renewable or certified green energy sources. Each site can, according to Ampol, charge two cars at the same time.
The petrol giant also revealed plans for a broader implementation of its charging network, stating it was aiming to provide charging solutions for the home, destinations (such as shopping centres), and fleets.
Ampol entered into an agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in July last year to roll out electric vehicle charging infrastructure to its existing retailing network.
ARENA has partially funded the roll-out with a contribution of $7 million towards Ampol’s $100 million investment.
As Drive reported late last year, Ampol’s investment is believed to be a first for a local petrol retailer mirroring other markets around the world which are already benefitting from fast-charging networks installed in petrol stations.
Germany is set to go one step further, with new laws that require the nation’s petrol stations to provide charging for electric vehicles.
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