“Electrification and electric vehicles will play a critical role in reducing emissions across Australia’s transport sector over the coming years,” Ampol’s Managing Director and CEO, Matt Halliday, said.
“Ampol’s national retail network, along Australia’s major highways and close to existing high-traffic roads, closely matches our country’s population and is strategically located to help minimise range anxiety for EV users.
We remain confident in our ability to evolve our retail network to support battery electric vehicle adoption.”
Work on the fast-charging network is set to start this year. The network will feature rapid 50kW chargers, with electricity supplied by either renewable, or certified green, energy. According to Ampol, each site will have the capacity to charge two electric vehicles concurrently.
While Ampol’s investment is believed to be a first for a local petrol retailer, other markets around the world are already benefitting from fast-charging networks installed in petrol stations. Germany is set to go one step further, with new laws that require the nation’s petrol stations to provide charging for electric vehicles.