AUSTRALIA’s biggest automotive club, NRMA – in fact the country’s largest membership organisation – has chosen Australian electric vehicle (EV) charging specialists Tritium to provide EV fast-chargers for its new network rollout.
NRMA is, at this stage, focusing on its projected $10 million program to open up New South Wales and the ACT for electric vehicle touring.
“Until now, electric vehicles have only been practical for short urban journeys, driving only within charging range of their garages or the small number of public fast chargers,” NRMA Group chief executive officer, Rohan Lund said.
“Our vision is to open up the great destinations NSW and the ACT has to offer electric vehicle drivers, without the worry of running out of a charge on their trip.”
Announced in October 2017, NRMA’s Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Network will ensure that 95 percent of EV journeys will be within 150km of a fast charge across NSW and ACT. The network will be Australia’s largest and is being delivered in partnership with local communities including councils, small businesses and land owners.
The NRMA fast charger will see at least 40 publicly-accessible sites, with the costs of charging included in NRMA membership.
Tritium’s Veefil-RT 50kW fast chargers ensure drivers can fully charge their vehicle to 80 percent within 30 minutes, on average, for any EV with a CHAdeMO or CCS2 socket. Chargers will accommodate most makes and models of EVs available in Australia.
Tritium, founded in Brisbane, is a world leader in fast-charging station technology with deployments in the United States and Europe. In Australia, Tritium is the leading supplier of chargers for Queensland’s EV super-highway.
“The NRMA is pleased to work alongside a local Australian-owned company like Tritium to support the development of a local electric vehicle industry,” Mr Lund said.
“Tritium is leading the world in EV charging technology from their base in Brisbane.”
Tritium responded that the NRMA’s program would help to drive the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia.
“It’s through forward-thinking leadership from organisations such as the NRMA that Australia will make its mark on the electric vehicle driving space,” Tritium Australia and New Zealand head of sales, Chris Hewitt said.
“They are breaking down a major barrier to EV adoption in Australia – the availability of chargers.”
The $10 million community investment from the NRMA forms part of the group’s social dividend investment strategy returning benefits to Members and the community, Mr Lund said.