Queenslanders a driving force behind nation’s electric vehicle revolution
Published Thursday, 16 February, 2023 at 11:44 AM
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
The Honourable Mick de Brenni
Following a successful pilot project in Brisbane, Ampol has struck a landmark deal with publicly owned Yurika to install 34 fast-chargers across the nation in a new sign of public confidence in the take up of electric vehicles.
Building on the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, this agreement will support the deployment of AmpCharge EV charging stations across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
Queensland’s Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said this initiative was another example of Government, consumers, small business and industry working together to take real action on delivering cleaner, cheaper, and more secure energy to Queenslanders.
“Innovations in electric vehicle performance and lifecycle costs have meant more Queenslanders are choosing to make the switch, with over 16,000 electric vehicles now on our roads,” Minister de Brenni said.
“This first order is for design, construction and commissioning services for EV chargers and solar systems across an initial number of service station sites located across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
“Through the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, we can capture so much more of Queensland’s abundance of natural sun, wind and water to power the industries, the homes, and the transport fleets of tomorrow,” he said.
Ampol Group Chief Financial Officer Greg Barnes said that through AmpCharge, Ampol were building a national electric vehicle charging network that will help minimise range anxiety and support the uptake of EVs across Australia.
“In 2022 we launched our first AmpCharge site in Queensland at Carseldine and this partnership with Yurika continues momentum on our ongoing rollout,” Mr Barnes said.
“We are pleased to continue to work as a partner of the Queensland Government as we continue to execute our strategy for energy transition,” he said.
Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Member for Bulimba Di Farmer said the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan was already delivering emissions reductions.
“I know there are a lot of electric vehicle owners already in my electorate, so not only is this a great investment in our community, but it helps more local households play a role in protecting the environment,” Minister Farmer said.
“Our plan will meet and beat our renewable energy targets, while protecting the reef, taking action on climate change, and responding to worsening natural disasters.
“Even better is that we’ll be exporting the skills of the workers in Queensland’s publicly-owned energy companies right around Australia,” she said.
As part of the agreement, Yurika will mobilise teams across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia initially.
The first Queensland sites that will see fast-chargers roll out are Morningside, Caboolture, Tingalpa, Sippy Downs, Birtinya, Reedy Creek.
Yurika has also been selected to provide metering services nationally as Ampol ramps up its Future Energy and Decarbonisation Strategy, including to its emerging energy retailing offer.
Yurika has supported EV uptake since 2017 when it invested in and built its first fast charging stations on the Queensland Electric Super-Highway (QESH), with Yurika and Queensland Transport and Main Roads partnership recently renewed for stage 3 of the QESH.
This forms part of Ampol’s Addressing Blackspots Fast Charging project, supported by ARENA.
Yurika – Justin Coomber 0437 472 442
Ampol – Matthew Blayden 0472 521 898
De Brenni – Andrew Churchill 0457 600 237
Farmer – Nicola Field 0497 940 285