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Monday, 23 July 2018

The NRMA will today unlock the NSW Snowy Mountains to electric vehicle motorists with the launch of two fast-charging electric vehicle stations in Jindabyne.

The stations, situated on Snowy River Avenue near cafes and amenities, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to charge their cars within about 30 minutes.

The Jindabyne station is the NRMA’s third electric vehicle station location to open to the public, following stations at Sydney Olympic Park and Wallsend, as part of the company’s $10 million investment to build Australia’s largest fast charger network across NSW and the ACT.

NRMA CIO Rachel Wiseman said the electric vehicle fast charger network would ensure Members were prepared for the future of motoring.

“As Australia’s largest membership organisation, our focus is to keep people moving and we believe we have a key role to play in leading the transition from petrol to electric vehicles,” Ms Wiseman said.

“Our network will cover major highway routes across NSW and the ACT, ensuring than 90 per cent of electric vehicle journeys will be within 150 kilometres of a fast charger, so that motorists know they can continue their journeys without fear of range anxiety.

“While Australia’s electric vehicle market is still in its infancy, there’s no denying this is the future of motoring. Australia no longer manufactures cars locally and global manufacturers have already shifted their focus and investment to electric and hybrid technology, so we are at the forefront of helping motorists to be prepared with accessible chargers in practical locations.”

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, said opening up the region to electric vehicle motorists with a fast charging station would unlock the beauty of the Snowy Mountains to even more visitors. “Tourism is the lifeblood of the Snowy Mountains region,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Having fast charging stations in Jindabyne will ensure the local community are at the forefront of motoring and will boost local tourism and in turn, local small businesses.

“There is so much on offer to tourists in the Snowy Mountains, and being able to share it with even more visitors is an exciting venture.”

The Jindabyne site has been delivered with the support of the Snowy Monaro Regional Council.