Ampol will leverage its branded retail network nationally to deliver over 100 fast charging stations across four regions in Australia.
The Australian electric vehicle (EV) industry is in the early stages of development. In cities and regional centres, charging blackspots (areas that do not have convenient access to public fast-charging stations) are an issue.
Expanding the charging network will help to alleviate common barriers raised by consumers, namely the lack of publicly available fast charging infrastructure and range anxiety. Ampol’s sites are ideally located close to major metropolitan and regional roads infrastructure, linking both satellite cities and broader geographies.
Ampol’s approach through this project demonstrates confidence in the future in which electric vehicles, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), will play in decarbonising the transport sector.
This Ampol Addressing Blackspots Fast Charging Project will increase the availability of public fast-charging infrastructure to reduce blackspots and provide convenient recharging options for Australians.
Ampol will install a network of public fast-charging stations in the following locations:
- Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast, Newcastle
- Melbourne and Geelong
- Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast; and
Each station will provide at least two designated parking spots for EV charging and will have a capacity of at least 100 kW.
This project aims to:
- address barriers to the supply and adoption of EVs in Australia by increasing the number of publicly available EV fast-charging stations
- reduce emissions by ensuring all fast-charging sites are powered with renewable energy
- improve the understanding of consumer behaviour regarding the use of public fast-charging stations.
Ampol expects that EVs, including BEVs, will play a key role in decarbonising the transport sector and gradually displace internal combustion engines, particularly in the light passenger fleet, accelerating rapidly after 2030 to become the primary mobility energy source by 2050.
E-mobility infrastructure is a central pillar to capture existing customers through the energy transition. Ampol is expanding its role in electricity to ensure the ease of the current liquid fuels era translates to the future BEV environment. This includes exploring ‘at-forecourt’, ‘at-home’ and ‘at-destination’ solutions for customers.