Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, cuts the ribbon to officially turn on Armidale’s new electric vehicle charger yesterday with NRMA E-vehicle Division Manager Suzanne Barbir and Armidale Regional Council’s Allan Cooper.
Friday, 11 December 2020
DRIVERS of electric vehicles will now be able to stop off in Armidale to plug-in and recharge, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today officially turning on a new fast charger, installed at the city’s Visitor Information Centre.
Mr Marshall said Armidale was the fifth regional location to receive an EV charging station as part of a $3 million co-funded partnership between the State Government and the NRMA.
“With the addition of Armidale’s charger drivers of electric vehicles can now travel from Sydney to the Queensland border with certainty there will be somewhere to plug-in no more than 90 minutes away,” Mr Marshall said.
“Centrally located at the Armidale Visitor Information Centre, the charger will draw travellers in off the New England Highway and encourage them to take in the sights and sounds of the city as well as find out more about what the region has to offer.
“We want people to stop off and explore regional towns like Armidale while they charge their EVs and this initiative will help to drive regional investment and create local jobs.
“I commend the comprehensive way NRMA has planned the roll out of fast chargers and I feel with so many now located in our region more people might be encouraged to purchase an electric vehicle.”
NRMA EV Division Manager Suzanne Barbir said the additions to the NRMA’s existing charging network were a great step in encouraging more drivers to start using electric vehicles.
“The installation of the Armidale electric vehicle charger is a major connection along the New England Highway, and is part of our vision to work with the NSW Government to boost regional travel,” Ms Barbir said.
“We believe that with a comprehensive regional fast charging network we will see this type of vehicle become an increasingly popular choice.”
The EV charging station located at 82 Marsh Street, Armidale, joins other chargers rolled out under the program in Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Tamworth.
For a map of electric vehicle chargers www.mynrma.com.au/cars-and-driving/electric-vehicles