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Six new tourism regions unlocked for EV drivers in South Australia

The state has unlocked six new tourism regions for EV drivers with South Australia’s first border-to-border electric vehicle charging network.

South Australia is embracing the future of transportation with the completion of 26 Rapid and Ultra-rapid charging sites, forming the state’s first border-to-border electric vehicle charging network.

RAA’s Charge network is now 75% complete, comprising 104 charging sites and 363 charging points, offering an efficient and eco-friendly way to explore the picturesque regions of South Australia.

RAA Chief Executive Officer Nick Reade highlighted the significance of this milestone, stating, “The installation of the Rapid and Ultra-rapid charging sites is going to be a game changer for anyone planning a long-distance road trip over the Christmas/New Year break.”

From Adelaide to Streaky Bay, Yorke Peninsula to the Riverland, and down to Mount Gambier in the South East, South Aussies now have the opportunity to embark on memorable summer road trips with peace of mind. Charging stops along the way can take as little as 10 to 40 minutes, transforming the traditional Australian road trip experience for electric vehicle (EV) drivers.

Minister for Energy and Mining, Tom Koutsantonis, emphasised the changing landscape of summer road trips, saying, “EV drivers can look forward to hitting the road with confidence to explore what our great state has to offer.”

The completion of the RAA Charge network unlocks Rapid and Ultra Rapid charging for six long-distance road trips, connecting South Australian tourism regions:

  1. Adelaide to the West Coast: Kilburn, Port Wakefield, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Kimba, Wudinna, Streaky Bay
  2. Adelaide to the Lower Eyre Peninsula: Kilburn, Port Wakefield, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Cowell, Tumby Bay
  3. Adelaide to the Far North: Kilburn, Port Wakefield, Port Augusta, Pimba, Roxby Downs
  4. Adelaide to the South East: Mount Barker, Kingston, Naracoorte
  5. Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula: Kilburn, Port Wakefield, Ardrossan, Minlaton
  6. Adelaide to the Riverland: Nuriootpa, Waikerie, Morgan, Barmera

Besides the convenience of quick charging, EVs offer significant savings on fuel costs. For instance, driving an EV from Adelaide to Streaky Bay costs approximately $90 in energy, compared to over $300 in petrol for a similar trip.

Nick Reade remarked, “Driving an EV is quickly becoming one of the lowest-cost ways to get around our beautiful state, and with new EV models coming onto the Australian market from $38,900, there really has never been a better time to consider owning an EV.”

The cost to charge an EV with a 64kW battery and a driving range of about 480km using the 150kW Rapid or 200kW Ultra-rapid chargers ranges from $22 to $26. In contrast, filling a similar-sized petrol vehicle’s 50L tank costs over $100.

Upon completion in 2024, the RAA Charge network will consist of 140 charging sites, including 54 Rapid and Ultra-rapid charging locations, and over 500 charging points across the state. Notably, 75% of these charging sites will be located in regional areas, further promoting sustainable travel options.

The RAA Charge network’s rollout is made possible through a $12.35 million grant from the Government of South Australia.

To find your nearest charger, initiate charging, and complete payment, download the Chargefox app or find one on the map here.

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