NRMA Motoring & Services and the City of Canada Bay and Origin Energy have switched on Sydneyâ€™s first free-of-charge public, high-speed electric vehicle charging station.
The new charging station, or the DC Fast Charge, will charge a Mitsubishi i-MiEV or a Nissan LEAF in less than 20 minutes, compared to the four to eight hours using a 15 amp power point.
Origin Energy is sponsoring the charging station, providing 100 per cent government accredited GreeenPower for motorists, while the City of Canada Bay allocated a kerbside parking space for the fast charge station.
NRMA president Wendy Machin said it is important that NRMA takes the lead by encouraging motorists to use alternative fuels and technology like electric vehicles.
â€œNRMA is pleased to offer this community service to electric car users. These cars are becoming increasingly popular; itâ€™s a wonderful initiative which will make charging on the go faster and more convenient,â€ said Machin.
â€œWe believe that electric vehicles will form part of the long-term solution in meeting Australiaâ€™s future transport demands.â€
Originâ€™s CEO energy markets Frank Calabria said: â€œThis partnership with the NRMA is an active demonstration of Origin’s ongoing commitment to the development of innovative and sustainable energy solutions for Australians. Â When powered with 100 per cent GreenPower, electric vehicles are practically emissions free.
â€œTogether with the NRMA, Origin hopes to encourage the take up of more electric vehicles in Australia.â€
The charger is currently only suitable for charging the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan LEAF vehicles. It is located at 9 George Street, North Strathfield, opposite the head office of NRMA Motoring & Services.Â