Viva Energy to offer premium EV charging in NSW

04 Dec 2023
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Viva Energy has entered into a co-funding agreement with the NSW Government for the development of a network of 30 EV charging stations across its Shell-branded network in NSW.

The project is to be rolled out progressively over the next few years, promising EV drivers the most reliable, fast-charging option on the road, ensuring connectivity between metropolitan and regional areas and helping to address range anxiety for drivers in NSW.

This will be a future-proofed premium charging option, delivering fast charging speeds and an improved customer experience through the significant retail network upgrade proposed under the roll-out of the On The Run offer1.

The project incorporates the installation of solar panels and batteries, with a minimum of four ultra-fast charge points at each site to minimise wait times for drivers and ensure maximum charger availability. Power from the solar panels will be supplemented by sustainable energy from the grid to ensure the project provides emission-free power for EV drivers across a mix of highway, metropolitan and regional sites in NSW.

Lachlan Pfeiffer, Viva Energy’s Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer, said the EV charger rollout is a natural next step following Viva Energy’s acquisition of Coles Express and On The Run1, and supports Viva Energy’s broader role in Australia’s energy transition.

“EV customers are looking for a best-in-class experience, and our model aims to deliver fast and seamless charging, coupled with an exceptional customer visiting experience,” Lachlan said. “Having acquired the convenience retail business, and with our plans to invest across the retail network, EV charging is a natural complement to that and customers can expect a high quality and reliable service, situated in optimal locations.

“The expansion of Viva Energy’s EV charging capability is a critical step in our ability to provide customers with new and more sustainable fuels and energy sources as part of Australia’s energy transition. We are very glad to partner with the NSW Government on this initiative. We have a strong network of sites in NSW, and building our initial EV networks will begin to connect East Coast Australia.”

The NSW Government is contributing $14.7m to the project through round two of its EV fast-charging grants program, tied to Viva Energy’s commitment and progress in building out the network.

Viva Energy has a key role to play in Australia’s energy transition. As well as the EV recharging network announced today, Viva Energy is building a New Energies Service Station in Geelong, offering hydrogen refuelling and EV recharging in drive-through truck bays. Viva Energy also offers bio and renewable fuels and an Opt-in Carbon Neutral Products Program for commercial and Shell Card customers so they can offset emissions associated with fuel purchases.

1.The acquisition of OTR remains subject to regulatory approval

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About Viva Energy

Viva Energy (ASX: VEA) is one of Australia’s leading energy companies and supplies approximately a quarter of the country’s liquid fuel requirements. It is the exclusive supplier of high-quality Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia through an extensive network of more than 1,330 service stations across the country.

Viva Energy owns and operates the strategically located Geelong Refinery in Victoria, and operates bulk fuels, aviation, bitumen, marine, chemicals, polymers and lubricants businesses supported by more than 50 terminals and 55 airports and airfields across the country. For more information: