Ampol has unveiled its electric vehicle (EV) charging brand, AmpCharge.
According to the retailer, AmpCharge will service customers on the road at both forecourts and destinations. At-home branded charging infrastructure is also expected to be developed.
Ampol Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Matt Halliday says the announcement is an important step forward in the execution of Ampol’s future energy and mobility strategy, including its objective to reduce emissions in the transport sector and support the uptake of battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
“I’m pleased to unveil our full-service EV fast charging ecosystem, AmpCharge, leveraging our existing network, skills and infrastructure to provide a diverse and comprehensive charging network that can minimise range anxiety and support the uptake of BEVs in Australia,” he says.
“We’ve been keeping Australians moving for over 120 years. Today, as energy needs evolve, our vision is to become Australia’s leading distributer of energy, providing mobility solutions for any of the vehicles our customers drive, anywhere and anytime they need it.
“As we begin to evolve our national network, consumers will see AmpCharge in Ampol service stations, depots and terminals right across the country. For the first time, we’ll also be entering homes, workplaces and shopping centres as we seek to deliver simple and efficient charging solutions at convenient locations to keep people moving.”
The roll out
Ampol is looking to establish the EV charging network in Australia by 2030, including a fleet offer for business customers.
The AmpCharge rollout will commence with five pilot sites, beginning in June and July at Ampol service stations in:
- Carseldine, Queensland
- Alexandria, NSW
- Northmead, NSW
- Altona North, Victoria
- Belmont, WA
These sites will feature AmpCharge chargers supplied with renewable energy or covered by green certificates. They will be capable of delivering charge to a BEV at up to 150kw, with each site having the capacity to charge at least two BEVs concurrently. The sites will also feature solar panel systems and battery storage provisions.
The five pilot sites form part of an initial roll out to approximately 120 sites by October 2023 as part of an agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced in July last year. ARENA is providing partial funding through the Future Fuels Fund.