Australian transport fuel company Ampol has announced the rollout of five electric vehicle fast-charger sites, the initial steps in a planned national charging network.
Launching in June and July, the pilot sites will be located at Ampol service stations in Carseldine, Queensland; Alexandria and Northmead, New South Wales; Altona North, Victoria; and Belmont, Western Australia. The network, branded as AmpCharge, will provide at-home and on-the-road service, leveraging the company’s existing infrastructure.
A network of 120 AmpCharge sites is expected by October 2023 as part of an agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which is providing partial funding through the Future Fuels Fund.
Charging at the sites will be supplied by renewable energy sources where possible and will be deliver a battery electric vehicle (BEV) charge of up to 150kw. Each site will charge at least two BEVs concurrently and feature solar panel systems and battery storage provisions.
The fuel service provider seeks to be a leading EV charging network in Australia by 2030, including a fleet offer for business customers.
“As we begin to evolve our national network, consumers will see AmpCharge in Ampol service stations, depots and terminals right across the country,” said Matt Holiday, Ampol managing director and CEO. “For the first time, we’ll also be entering homes, workplaces and shopping centers as we seek to deliver simple and efficient charging solutions at convenient locations to keep people moving.”