Viva Energy has agreed to develop a network of 30 EV charging stations across its Shell-branded network in NSW.
The co-funding agreement with the NSW Government will see Viva Energy roll out the project progressively over the next few years.
One of the objectives of the project is to ensure greater connectivity between metropolitan and regional areas and to help address range anxiety for drivers in NSW.
In a statement issued today Viva Energy describes the planned network as a future-proofed premium charging option, delivering fast charging speeds and an improved customer experience through the significant retail network upgrade proposed under the roll-out of the On The Run offer.
The project incorporates the installation of solar panels and batteries, with a minimum of four ultra-fast charge points at each site to minimise wait times for drivers and ensure maximum charger availability.
Power from the solar panels will be supplemented by sustainable energy from the grid to ensure the project provides emission-free power for EV drivers across a mix of highway, metropolitan and regional sites in NSW.
Lachlan Pfeiffer, Viva Energy’s Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer, said the EV charger rollout is a natural next step following Viva Energy’s acquisition of Coles Express and On The Run, and supports Viva Energy’s broader role in Australia’s energy transition.
“EV customers are looking for a best-in-class experience, and our model aims to deliver fast and seamless charging, coupled with an exceptional customer visiting experience,” said Pfeiffer.
“Having acquired the convenience retail business, and with our plans to invest across the retail network, EV charging is a natural complement to that and customers can expect a high quality and reliable service, situated in optimal locations.
“The expansion of Viva Energy’s EV charging capability is a critical step in our ability to provide customers with new and more sustainable fuels and energy sources as part of Australia’s energy transition. We are very glad to partner with the NSW Government on this initiative. We have a strong network of sites in NSW, and building our initial EV networks will begin to connect East Coast Australia.”
The NSW Government is contributing $14.7 million to the project through round two of its EV fast-charging grants program, tied to Viva Energy’s commitment and progress in building out the network.
Viva Energy said it has a key role to play in Australia’s energy transition.
As well as the EV recharging network announced today, Viva Energy is building a New Energies Service Station in Geelong, offering hydrogen refuelling and EV recharging in drive-through truck bays. Viva Energy also offers bio and renewable fuels and an Opt-in Carbon Neutral Products Program for commercial and Shell Card customers so they can offset emissions associated with fuel purchases.