Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

30,000 EV Chargers across NSW by 2026

White electric vehicle charging

The number of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers will soar to 30,000 across the State by 2026 under a re-elected NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.

The NSW Liberals and Nationals will fast track the rollout of its public and private EV charging plans by:

  • Reforming strata laws to make it easier for people living in apartments to charge their EV
  • Installing EV chargers throughout NSW transport hubs including commuter carparks and train, bus and ferry stations
  • Streamlining planning laws to accelerate the construction of chargers in public places like on power poles and parking meters

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC said that with EVs expected to make up 50 per cent of new car sales by 2030, the Government is already investing $209 million to ensure a comprehensive world-class charging network across NSW.

“Drivers need to be able to recharge whenever and wherever they need to, whether it’s on a road trip, commuting to work or at home,” Mr Henskens said.

“The Liberal Nationals Government is streamlining planning laws to make it easier to install EV chargers in public places like on power poles and parking meters.

“We know that 30 per cent of drivers can’t access off-street parking and will rely on public chargers, which is why we are cutting red tape to roll them out even faster.

“A re-elected Liberal Nationals Government will work closely with stakeholders on developing ‘Right to Charge’ strata reforms to help people living in apartments to install a charger where they are willing to pay for the cost and comply with strict safety requirements.

“These reforms will make it as easy as possible for people living in one of the 84,000 apartment buildings in NSW to install a charger, without passing on unfair costs to other residents,” Mr Henskens said.

The Government is set to roll out EV chargers in transport hubs across our train, bus and ferry network.

“Commuter carparks are a great option for EV drivers to recharge while at work, making sure they can hit the road fully charged by the end of the day,” Mr Henskens said.

Switching to an EV can save motorists about $1,000 in running costs each year. There are currently about 1,000 public chargers in NSW.

These reforms build on the NSW Government’s nation leading Electric Vehicle Strategy, ranked equal 1st in the country, which includes:

  • $209 million for EV charging infrastructure;
  • No stamp duty on EVs under $78,000;
  • $3,000 rebates for EVs under $68,750;
  • Transitioning the State’s entire 8,000 plus bus fleet to zero emissions; and
  • Allowing EVs to drive in transit lanes.