Liquor chain Dan Murphy’s has installed its first electric vehicle fast charger at Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales.
The new installation, announced by the Woolworths brand via networking site LinkedIn, consists of one Tritium Veefil-RT charging unit that can charge at a maximum rate of 50kW, adding around 40km range every ten minutes.
Jetcharge worked with Dan Murphy’s to specify and install the unit, which will managed by the Chargefox network.
“We think it’s a really appropriate charging solution for someone like Dan Murphy’s because they are suited to quick top ups,” Jetcharge founder Tim Washington tells The Driven.
The EV charger forms part of a $3.4 million new development by Dan Murphy’s in the south coast town which includes eco-friendly features to chase a 4 star rating with the Green Building Council of Australia according to a tender document.
“The store has created 23 jobs for the fire ravaged town and also features other sustainable elements including solar panels, Arneg S.P.A. fridges with doors, LED lighting and air curtains at the entrance,” the liquor chain says in its LinkedIn post.
The move to make a charging option available for owners of electric vehicles thereby encouraging sustainable transport is part of a wider sustainability plan.
According to The Shout, Dan Murphy’s has identified 50 store locations that may potentially “go green” with the addition of solar panels and other sustainable conversions.
We reached out to Woolworths and Dan Murphy’s but neither were immediately available for comment.
Brisbane-based Tritium has gained a leading reputation on the international electric vehicle fast-charging scene. Installations of its 50-350kW fast chargers now in more than 33 countries, and on the 50kW EV charger market is holds an enviable 15% global market share.
It now adds Dan Murphy’s to its list of big name customers, which includes Fortum, Grønn Kontakt, IONITY, Circle-K, Shell, EDF, Enel, NKM Mobiliti, Virta, Stromnetz, Nissan, Audi, and Australia’s road motorist association NRMA.
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Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.