This week Ampol opened its first AmpCharge branded electric vehicle charging fast charging site at its Ampol Woolworths MetroGo site in Alexandria, NSW.  This landmark site is the first of 120 that will be popping up on Ampol forcourts accross the country in the next 12 months, with sites at Carseldine QLD, Northmead NSW, Altona North VIC, and Belmont WA to open in the coming month.  

At the launch Ampol CEO Matt Halliday explained that the site is the first step to Ampols support of broader update of EVs accross Australia.

“For over 100 years, Ampol has kept Australians moving with the right fuel in the right place. Today, as the energy needs of our customers evolve and more of us are choosing electric vehicles, Ampol is also transitioning to provide a range of fast and reliable electric vehicle charging solutions”  said Mr Halliday.

 

“This first site at Alexandria not only represents the beginning of the initial roll out of 120 EV fast charging sites in our retail network, but the first part of our shift to position as a provider of electricity solutions for customers wherever they need them.  The delivery of AmpCharge infrastructure on our forecourts will be complemented by new at-destination charging solutions in places like shopping centres, and our home charging infrastructure offer. We will also leverage our knowledge and strong relationships across industry to provide charging solutions to fleet infrastructure that will support energy transition”  continued Matt.

Brent Merrick, Ampol’s Executive General Manager, International and New Business said Ampol is looking to establish the leading EV charging network in Australia by 2030. 

“Electrification and electric vehicles will play a critical role in reducing emissions across Australia’s transport sector over the coming years and we have an important role to play in supporting this transition.  

Our vision for the Ampol EV network is to develop a best-in-class EV charging ecosystem enabling the rollout of our own charging assets and allowing us to partner with others to form Australia’s leading EV charging network. The milestone today is part of the first-stage rollout of fast charging technology to sites across our national retail network.” 

Each site will be capable of delivering charge to an electric vehicle at up to 150kw and have the capacity to charge at least two vehicles concurrently. 

The five pilot sites have solar panels and solar battery storage provisions which we are trialling with the view to rolling out across our network. In addition, the energy used by our AmpCharge EV chargers will be 100% offset by Large Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) to net the equivalent electricity consumption. 

The first five sites form part of an initial roll out to approximately 120 sites by December 2023 as part of an agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced in July last year, with ARENA providing partial funding backed by the Australian Government. 

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