Electric vehicle technology pulls in to Maryborough

One of the world’s most advanced electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers has been installed at Maryborough in Central Victoria as one of 17 EV chargers under construction throughout the region.

The 17 charging stations will better link towns across Victoria, encourage more visitors to regional Victoria and ensure regional Victorians are not left behind in the transition to electric vehicles. 

The new charging stations are in rural centres, including Ouyen, Swan Hill, Kerang, Maryborough and Echuca, as well as smaller rural towns and key tourist sites, including Robinvale, Wedderburn, Newbridge and Inglewood.

The new sites were identified as priority locations in the Charging the Regions report undertaken by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) and local governments. CVGA is delivering the EV charging stations program in the Loddon Mallee in partnership with Evie Network and local councils.

Maryborough’s Tritium RT-M is one of the first of its kind to be installed anywhere in the world.  It is Australian technology and was developed and manufactured by Tritium in Queensland. 

As part of the $2.7 billion Building Works package, $664,000 has been invested for these chargers, in addition to a $25 million package to speed up the roll-out of fast chargers and advance electric vehicle innovation.

Constructing charging stations and increasing the number of electric vehicles are key steps in realising Loddon Mallee’s Renewable Energy Roadmap, which outlines the community’s ambition to embrace new energy technologies across the region. 

This is one example of concrete action the Victorian Government is taking to invest in technology that puts us on track to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.