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Petrol company Ampol has recently announced the initial rollout of an Australian fast-charging network commencing with five pilot sites in Carseldine QLD, Alexandria NSW, Northmead NSW, Altona North VIC, and Belmont WA beginning June 2022.

Branded as AmpCharge, this pilot rollout is part of an agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced in July last year which involves putting up 120 sites by October 2023. ARENA has provided partial funding for the project as part of the Future Fuels Program.

The AmpCharge fast chargers will use renewable or green certified energy. It will be capable of charging BEVs up to 150kw with each site being able to charge at least two BEV units simultaneously. There will also be solar panel systems at the sites as well as provisions for batter storage.

“I’m pleased to today unveil our full-service electric vehicle fast charging ecosystem, AmpCharge, leveraging our existing network, skills and infrastructure to provide a diverse and comprehensive charging network that can minimise range anxiety and support the uptake of BEVs in Australia,” said Matt Halliday, Ampol Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

“We’ve been keeping Australians moving for over 120 years. Today, as energy needs evolve, our vision is to become Australia’s leading distributer of energy, providing mobility solutions for any of the vehicles our customers drive, anywhere and anytime they need it.

“As we begin to evolve our national network, consumers will see AmpCharge in Ampol service stations, depots and terminals right across the country. For the first time, we’ll also be entering homes, workplaces and shopping centres as we seek to deliver simple and efficient charging solutions at convenient locations to keep people moving.”

Ampol is looking to establish the leading EV charging network in Australia by 2030, including a fleet offer for business customers.