Six new DC fast electric vehicle charging bays, installed by ENGIE, are now available at the Royal Australian Mint, as part of ACT Government’s Public EV Charging Infrastructure Fund.
Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury said the three new chargers are capable of charging six electric vehicles (EV) simultaneously, making it the largest fast charging station in the ACT.
“One of the barriers to EV adoption is ‘charger anxiety’, when drivers are concerned that they will be unable to find a working and available charger,” Minister Rattenbury said.
“Charging stations with multiple charging bays, such as this one, will make it easier for drivers to reliably find an available charger without having to wait.
“Canberra has the highest rate of EV ownership per capita in Australia, with almost 5,300 electric vehicles currently registered in the ACT. We know Canberrans are eager to make the switch to electric, so it’s critical that our infrastructure keeps up with the demand as it continues to increase.
"There are now more than 100 public EV chargers in the ACT, providing the EV drivers with charging options across the city.
“We’re in a climate crisis. Transport accounts for over 60% of the total emissions in the Territory, by far the largest source of emissions and a key priority for us to reduce.
“The ACT Government is committed to electrifying our city’s transport as we transition away from fossil fuels towards our goal of net zero emissions by 2045.
“While there are already two six-bay charging stations available to Tesla drivers in the ACT, the charging stations at the Royal Australian Mint are available to all types of electric vehicles.
These chargers were supported by ACT Government through funding announced in 2022. The ACT Government has committed an additional $1.5 million under the Public EV Charging Infrastructure Fund to support the goal of 180 public chargers across the Territory by 2025.
The Public EV Charging Infrastructure Fund is currently accepting applications for the next round of grants. EV Charging operators can learn more about the program and apply for funding on the Everyday Climate Choices website.
To view public chargers available in the ACT and across Australia visit the PlugShare website.