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Feds commit $25m to charge EVS

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Federal Government funding will result in more than 400 public fast-charging stations for battery electric vehicles rolled out across Australia.

The government’s Future Fuels Fund’s first funding round will go to five applicants – Evie Networks, $8.85-million, Ampol, $7.05-million, Engie, $6.85-million, Chargefox, $1.4-million, and Electric Highways Tasmania, $400,000.

Nineteen projects were approved, valued at $24.55 million.

Applicants will build a total of 403 fast-charging stations, with 127 in NSW, 106 in Victoria, 86 in Queensland, 33 in Western Australia, 29 in South Australia, 10 in Tasmania, nine in the ACT and three in the Northern Territory.

Announcing the program, the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency said the charging stations would be built across eight geographic regions covering 14 of Australia’s most populous cities and include regional centres Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Sunshine Coast.

Each region will receive a minimum of eight new stations, all of which will be capable of charging at least two vehicles concurrent­ly at 50kw or more.

The program is the result of expanding the funding pool by $8.05-million to $24.55-million, from an initial allocation of $16.5-million.

The Future Fuels Fund is a $71.9million initiative announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget to remove barriers to the uptake of new vehicle technologi­es.

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