Official Media Release

Drive In And Charge Away In Scone

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter this week announced that drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to stop off in Scone to plug-in and recharge thanks to a new fast charger installed in the city’s centre.

Mr Johnsen said Scone was the third regional location to receive an EV charging station as part of a $3 million co-funded partnership between the NSW Government and the NRMA, with another 17 to be rolled out over the next two years.

“This new charger in Scone is part of the Nationals in Government’s commitment to boost tourism in our regions and deliver the most comprehensive regional charging network in the country,” Mr Johnsen said.

“These charging stations will change the way EV drivers move around, helping to support tourism in regional centres along the New England, Sturt, Hume, Newell, Barrier and Kamilaroi highways.

“We want people to stop off and explore our regional towns like Scone while they charge their EVs and this initiative will help to drive regional investment and create local jobs.”

NRMA Regional Manager West Gary Carter said the additions to the NRMA’s existing charging network were a great step in encouraging more drivers to start using electric vehicles.

“The installation of the Scone electric vehicle charger is a major connection along the New England Highway, and is part of our vision to work with the NSW Government to boost regional travel and minimise the anxiety that might come with purchasing an electric vehicle,” Mr Carter said.

“We believe that with a comprehensive regional fast charging network we will see this type of vehicle become an increasingly popular choice.”

The NRMA worked closely with the Upper Hunter Shire Council to install the electric vehicle charging station in Scone.

EV drivers can find the new charging station at 167 Kelly Street, Scone, as well as in Yass at 81 Meehan Street and Wagga Wagga at 8 Cross Street.

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