Ampol has opened its first AmpCharge electric vehicle charging site in Western Australia.
The new fast charging infrastructure at Ampol Foodary Belmont is one of the first AmpCharge sites in Ampol’s planned initial roll out of 120 new charging sites on forecourts nationally by the end of 2023. The opening comes as Ampol announces a new naming rights sponsorship of the TOCEVA Racing Team that has entered the only EV rally car in the upcoming Perth to Sydney Marathon.
Brent Merrick, Ampol’s Executive General Manager, International and New Business, said the milestone opening and sponsorship reflects Ampol’s long connection with Australian motorsport and the company’s transition to support the uptake of battery electric vehicles across Australia.
“Ampol is looking to establish the leading EV charging network in Australia by 2030 and this first site in Western Australia at Belmont comes at the beginning of the initial roll out of 14 sites across the state to be delivered at Ampol stores by the end of next year.
“The delivery of AmpCharge infrastructure on our forecourts will be complemented by new at-destination charging solutions in places like shopping centres, and our home charging infrastructure offer to be launched soon. We will also leverage our knowledge and strong relationships across industry to provide charging solutions to fleet infrastructure that will support energy transition.
“The sponsorship of the TOCEVA Racing Team reflects our history as a strong supporter of Australian motorsport and connects us with a group of electric vehicle enthusiasts and an event that will help drive excitement and further interest in battery electric vehicles. We wish Jon, Jurgen, Helen and team the best as they prepare the Tesla Model 3 for the marathon event in October.”
Ampol and TOCEVA Racing Team unveiled the car livery for the event at the Belmont site.
Jon Edwards, TOCEVA Racing Team manager said the Ampol sponsorship will help ensure the team is prepared to deliver their best come the event start in October.
“We are taking on an unprecedented challenge crossing the country in an EV, navigating some very remote gravel roads [and] competing in a field of nearly 80 conventionally fuelled rally cars. We are pleased to be promoting the Ampol AmpCharge brand which fits perfectly with our EV racing ambitions and desire to be part in the energy transition.”
The Perth to Sydney Marathon will get underway from Perth’s Wellington Square on 28 October and arrive at Warwick Farm in Sydney 10 days later on 6 November.
Ampol’s AmpCharge site in Belmont is part of the initial rollout of five pilot sites at Ampol service stations, with AmpCharge fast charging infrastructure also launched in Alexandria, NSW, Carseldine in Queensland, Northmead NSW and Altona North in Victoria.
The first five sites form part of an initial roll out to approximately 120 sites by December 2023 as part of an agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced in July last year, with ARENA providing partial funding backed by the Australian Government.