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New South Wales is investing $41.1 million to install 671 electric vehicle (EV) kerbside charging ports across 391 sites. This investment will be matched by $8 million in private funds.

These new chargers aim to make charging more convenient, especially for drivers who don’t have off-street parking, like those in apartments and busy urban areas.

The newly allocated kerbside EV chargers aim to offer more convenient charging options, especially for drivers without offsite parking.

“Almost 30 percent of NSW drivers do not have access to private, off-street parking to charge an EV. That figure is considerably higher in metro areas,” said Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe.

“We will continue to roll out EV charging grants to further support the NSW goal of being the easiest place in Australia to own and drive an electric vehicle,” she adds.

These chargers, ranging from 7 kilowatts to 75 kilowatts, will be strategically installed across 16 Local Government Areas by eight grant recipients: Waverley Council, City of Newcastle, Evie Networks, EVSE, EVX, Jolt Charge, Plus ES, and ChargePost.

“All chargers will be installed over the next 12 months and will be open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” says the New South Wales Government in a press statement.

Meanwhile, Electric Vehicle Council Chief Executive Officer Behyad Jafari said “convenient and visible charging infrastructure in densely populated areas is critical”.

“These chargers mean everyone can benefit from EVs, including renters and people who can’t charge at home,” Mr. Jafari said.

This funding is part of the NSW Government’s $209 million investment into charging infrastructure. It covers $149 million for EV fast chargers, $20 million for EV destination ports at regional tourist destinations, and $10 million in EV-ready buildings to retrofit EV infrastructure in apartment buildings.

The NSW Government is committing $260 million to underpin the rollout of an updated NSW EV Strategy which will be released later this year.

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