29 March 2021

Fast charger puts Yass on the map for electric vehicle drivers

| Hannah Sparks
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From left: Dan Maranhao, Rowena Abbey and Wendy Tuckerman unveiling new electric vehicle fast charger in Yass.

From left: NRMA’s Dan Maranhao, Yass Valley Council Mayor Rowena Abbey, and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman unveil the new electric vehicle fast charger in Yass on 8 September. Photo: Supplied.

Yass is now on the map for electric vehicle drivers after the universal NRMA fast charger was unveiled in the Meehan Street car park, behind Banjo Paterson Park on Monday, 8 September.

Yass Valley Council hopes the charger will bring additional dollars to the town as people spend money in cafes, restaurants and shops while they charge their vehicles.

The fast charger can recharge two cars at the same time, in about 30 minutes, and is free to use, according to NRMA.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the charger is the first of 20 that will be funded by a $3 million partnership between the NSW Government and NRMA, and will be delivered within the next two years.

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“These charging stations will change the way electric vehicle drivers move around, helping to support tourism in regional centres along the Hume, Newell, Barrier, New England and Kamilaroi highways,” she said.

“We want people to stop off and explore regional towns such as Yass while they charge their electric vehicles.”

NRMA general manager of operations and motoring Dan Maranhao said the new additions to NRMA’s existing charging network will boost regional travel.

“The installation of the Yass electric vehicle charger is a major connection along the Hume Highway and is part of our vision to work with the NSW Government to boost regional travel as well as minimise the anxiety that might come with purchasing an electric vehicle,” he said.

“We believe that with a comprehensive regional fast-charging network, we will see this type of vehicle become an increasingly popular choice.”

An electric vehicle charger in Wagga Wagga is on track to be delivered by the end of September.

Original Article published by Hannah Sparks on About Regional.

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If you’re wondering what “on the map for electric vehicle drivers” looks like, here are two tools I recommend everyone curious about EVs should check out (and everyone who has an EV probably already knows about):

1. Plugshare https://www.plugshare.com/location/236946
2. A Better Route Planner https://abetterrouteplanner.com/?charger_id=7526540

Congratulations to NRMA and Yass Valley Council for getting another charging station rolled out for NSW. In a decade or two these will be common place, right now they’re important landmarks.

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