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Viva Energy offers premium EV charging following NSW deal

Viva Energy is partnering with the NSW government on a new EV charging network for the state’s operators

Viva Energy has entered into a co-funding agreement with the NSW government for the development of a network of 30 EV charging stations across its Shell-branded network in NSW.

The project is to be rolled out progressively over the next few years, promising EV drivers the most reliable, fast-charging option on the road, ensuring connectivity between metropolitan and regional areas and helping to address range anxiety for drivers in NSW.

This will be 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.

Viva Energy chief business development and sustainability officer Lachlan Pfeiffer says the EV charger rollout is a natural next step following Viva Energy’s acquisition of Coles Express and On The Run, which is still awaiting regulatory approval, 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,” Pfeiffer says.

“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 the east coast of 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 says it has a key role to play in Australia’s energy transition. As well as the EV recharging network announced, 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.

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