The nation’s capital will soon be home to more than 150 public electric car chargers, thanks to a grant from the government.

The ACT Government has announced it will more than triple the number of publicly available electric vehicle chargers in the region.

Most of the 154 plugs – located in 77 new public charging stations – are expected to be operational by the end of 2023.

A grant of $1.4 million has been provided to charging companies Jolt, Evie Networks, and Engie, which have been tasked with the roll-out – equating o more than $9000 per charger.

“Most electric vehicle owners choose to charge their cars at home, but there is still a need to expand our network of public charging infrastructure,” ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said at the announcement.

“While we currently see stronger demand in the central areas of Canberra, this program will roll out chargers in every district of Canberra, from Tuggeranong to Gungahlin, providing better access than ever to charging points for all Canberrans,” Minister Rattenbury said.

Peugeot 508 Plug-in Hybrid.

The investment will increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations across the capital territory to more than 100.

Last month, the Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, said he would be lobbying the Speaker of the House of Representatives to get chargers installed at Parliament House in Canberra.

Minister Bowen is one of a handful of parliamentarians who have opted for a battery-powered vehicle.

“At the moment, I drive my EV from Sydney to Canberra, which is great. But I trickle charge in the Parliament House car park and it is very slow, and it’s fine if I’m just jotting around Canberra for a couple of days,” Bowen told the Energy Insiders podcast in July.

“But sometimes I drive to Canberra in the morning and want to drive back to Sydney at night, it’s no good. So then I’ve got to make other arrangements. So we need some chargers at Parliament House,” he added.

Extracted in full form: ACT’s electric vehicle charging network to triple within 18 months – Drive