Lithgow officially welcomed two NRMA electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations at the Lithgow Workies on Thursday, August 22.
The station is the 21st of the NRMA's EV fast chargers to be installed across the NSW-ACT region. The charging station is located at the Lithgow Workies Club's car park on Tank Street.
NRMA executive general manager for motoring Nell Payne said the location would allow for connections from Sydney into the Central West.
"We're really passionate about promoting tourism in regional Australia and we really want people to get off the highway, go visit the town, have a coffee and a look around while their car charges, taking roughly 30 minutes," she said.
Ms Payne said 86 per cent of all tourism in Australia was based in the car.
"A lot of tourists particularly want to rent electric vehicles and where they visit is going to be determined where the charger is available, so we [NRMA] are building a network of fast EV chargers so that we can solve range anxiety and people can explore the Central Tablelands," she said.
She said following Lithgow's station there were also fast chargers located at Bathurst, Parkes, Orange and Dubbo.
"Tourists coming inbound can explore this lovely area," she said.
Ms Payne said the Workies had been a wonderful partner in getting the station up and running.
"They've been very proactive in helping us secure the car park space and so on, they've been a great partner.
"In any town we [NRMA] want to make sure the stations are in a good hub for people to stop, use facilities and shop. The Workies was a really good location for it.
"We're trying to lure people off the freeway into the town," she said.
Lithgow Workies president Howard Fisher said he thought the charging station was a great thing for Lithgow's future and would boost the economy.
"I think this will be a great boost for the Workies Club to be able to have this facility on our site.
"We hope to see cars being charged here and the people waiting in the club and spending some money in the town, that's what it's all about," he said.
Lithgow City mayor Cr Ray Thompson said it was important for the town to look to the future and the NRMA EV fast chargers would be a real asset.
"Any technology is welcome in our town, we want to be a smart city and keep up with the rest of what's going on," he said.
The NRMA chargers are currently free for all NRMA members and costs will at some point change, according to Ms Payne.
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