Drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to stop off in Wagga Wagga to plug-in and recharge thanks to the support of the NSW Nationals in the state government.

Local NSW Nationals MLC Wes Fang said Wagga Wagga was the second regional location to receive an EV charging station as part of a $3 million co-funded partnership between the NSW Nationals in the state government and the NRMA, with another 18 to be rolled out over the next two years.

“This new charger in Wagga Wagga is part of our commitment to boost tourism in the regions and deliver the most comprehensive regional charging network in the country,” Mr Fang said.

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

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

NRMA manager Dan Maranhao said the additions to their existing charging network was a great step in encouraging more drivers to start using electric vehicles.

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

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

EV drivers can find the new charging station at 8 Cross St, Wagga Wagga as well as 81 Meahan Street in Yass.

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