A $20 million grant program will be used to build more than 3,000 electric vehicle chargers across New South Wales, Australia.
More than 3,000 electric vehicle chargers will be installed across the regional NSW. This is under a plan by the state government to boost regional tourism. The program includes a $20 million grant made available to regional councils to apply for cash to install electric vehicle chargers.
Under the grant program, several electric chargers will be installed across different buildings such as motels, wineries, natural attractions and museums.
NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said: “EVs are growing in popularity, and this will help ensure our regional areas have the charging stations needed to welcome EV-driving visitors,” –according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway said several “EV tourist drives” would also be developed across NSW after the charging infrastructure is established. “This will grow local economies and support small businesses in areas impacted by COVID, bushfires and floods,” he said.
The government announced a $500 million plan for the transition to electric vehicles in last year’s state budget. An estimated 3,500 chargers will be installed as part of this new program.
The NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy aims to increase EV sales to 52 per cent of all new car sales by 2030-2031.