EV ‘super site’ 
rolled out to city

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EV ‘super site’ 
rolled out to city

The RAA yesterday launched its second ‘super site’ in the roll out of its statewide electric vehicle (EV) charging network featuring nine EV charging bays located in the heart of the Mount Gambier.

The 200kW Charging Hub is located in the Mount Gambier Library car park and will provide EV drivers with ultra-rapid charging facilities capable of charging an EV in as little as 10 to 40 minutes.

RAA chief executive Nick Reade said the Mount Gambier Charging Hub marked the completion of RAA’s two planned super sites in its 140-site network, following the launch of a similar eight-bay Charging Hub in Port Pirie earlier this month.

“As EV ownership continues to grow in SA and across the border, South Australia’s charging infrastructure will need to keep pace, and that’s exactly why we are building these larger sites along key destination routes,” Mr Reade said.

“The South East is already an extremely popular tourist destination for South Aussies and visitors travelling from interstate, and the launch of this super-site will certainly put Mount Gambier on the map for EV drivers.”

Over Easter and the Gather Round period, RAA saw a record number of EV charging sessions powered by the RAA Charge network, resulting in a 48% increase in charging session compared to the fortnightly average.

Around 28% of these charging sessions were performed by drivers from interstate – predominantly from Victoria and New South Wales – which is a significant increase from the usual 15-17%.

Almost 30% of charging sessions in the South East are performed by EV drivers from Victoria.

“We know from data released by the South Australian Tourism Commission, that 95% of domestic overnight visitors travelling to the South East are ‘self-drive’ visitors,” Mr Reade said.

“In building the RAA Charge network, we want to eliminate range anxiety for South Aussies and anyone visiting our great state; but also help drive investment and tourism within our regional towns.”

Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM said the public electric vehicle charging station was an important step forward for sustainable living in the area.

“As the largest regional centre in South Australia, Mount Gambier is positioned mid way between Adelaide and Melbourne,” she said.

“This facility is located right in the heart of our CBD and enables residents and visitors with electric vehicles to park and charge and explore our civic precinct by foot.”

The 10-plug charging site features a mix of seven CCS2 and one CHAdeMO plug, in addition to two Type 2 charging plugs and one accessible charging bay.

EV drivers can locate their nearest charger, initiate charging and complete payment, by using the Chargefox app.

The RAA Charge network is being rolled out with the support of a $12.35m grant provided by the State Government.

To learn more about the network, visit www.raa.com.au/charge.

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