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Service stations are going to look very different in the future, with Ampol adding electric vehicle chargers across Australia

There’s another new EV charging network coming to Australia and this one comes from an unlikely source. Ampol describes itself as an energy company, which makes perfect sense as we face the biggest transition the transportation industry has ever seen.

While many Australians see Ampol as the place you stop to refuel your ICE vehicle, the reality is that companies around the world, including BP, are setting up their businesses to support customers of the future with charging electric vehicles.

Ampol will use its nationwide network of gas stations, along with other frequent drop-off points, to add electric vehicle chargers, called AMPCHARGE.

Initially, AMPCHARGE will launch with a modest 12 bays across 5 locations in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA (see below for the full list), but that’s just the start. Ampol plans to expand across Australia, adding 120 EV sites by October next year and will offer three levels of charging.

  • Fast = 50-100kW
  • Ultra-fast = 100-150 kW
  • High Power = 150kW+

When traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll find you can add 100-200 miles of range in 10-20 minutes. The charging rate obviously depends on a number of factors, including the current state of charge and the capabilities of the car.

Although we have a growing number of EV charging networks in Australia, this one offers something different in terms of location. You will find AMPCHARGE chargers that will allow you to let your vehicle recharge with complete peace of mind. Grab a coffee, use the restroom, or stock up on in-store items while keeping an eye on your charging progress via the AMPCHARGE app (launching mid-2022).

Given that you may be traveling with friends and your family travels in ICE vehicles, having the ability to charge and refuel in one place has an obvious advantage.

In terms of the cost to charge on this network, this detail is still not public, but expect it to be in line with the competition between $0.40 and $0.50 per kWh. This usually means that you will reload between 1/2 and 1/3 of the resupply cost of a comparable vehicle.

AMPCHARGE chargers support all modern electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Australia with CCS2 or CHAdeMO sockets.

Ampol’s charging infrastructure is supported by a $7.05 million co-investment from the government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Of the 5 successful applicants, Australia will add 403 new fast charging stations.

Matt Halliday, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ampol, said today’s announcement is an important step in executing Ampol’s future energy and mobility strategy, including its objective to reduce emissions in the transport sector and support the adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

“I am delighted to unveil today our full-service electric vehicle fast charging ecosystem, AmpCharge, which leverages our existing network, skills and infrastructure to provide a diverse and comprehensive charging network that can minimize range anxiety and supporting the adoption of BEVs in Australia.

“We’ve been keeping Australians moving for over 120 years. Today, as energy needs evolve, our vision is to become Australia’s premier energy distributor, providing mobility solutions for all the vehicles our customers drive, anywhere, anytime.

“As we begin to scale our nationwide network, consumers will see AmpCharge at gas stations, depots and Ampol terminals across the country. For the first time, we will also enter homes, workplaces and shopping malls as we seek to provide simple and efficient charging solutions in convenient places for people to travel.

Matt Halliday, Managing Director and CEO of Ampol

It looks like Ampol’s AMPCHARGE ambitions go beyond just fast charging solutions, with their website also listing home charging solutions coming later in 2022. There are also commercial solutions coming soon that will offer solutions for charging fleet vehicles.

Those who have driven employer-leased vehicles are familiar with the Ampol card, which allows employees to refuel and have the company pay for the fuel. If a company has been progressive in adopting electric vehicles, there is currently no comparable solution for charging, but Ampol is working on it.

Ampol is working on a commercial solution, so an Ampol card that would allow employees to charge at AMPCHARGES on their public EV charging network will be available soon. To complement this there will also be card management and a portal, presumably for canceling, re-ordering cards, issuing them to new employees, etc. These cards will also allow employees to access Ampol’s retail offerings.

You can get more information at ampcharge.ampol.com.au


Ampol AMPCHARGE charging slots

Tube Ampol Woolworths Northmead

98-100 Windsor Rd Cnr Lombard Rd, Northmead, NSW 2152

Opening soon

2 bays – 1 x CCS2, 1 x CHAdeMO

Charging up to 150kW

Ampol Woolworths Alexandria Metro

133 Wyndham St Cnr Mcevoy St, Alexandria, NSW 2015

Opening soon

2 bays – 1 x CCS2, 1 x CHAdeMO

Charging up to 150kW

Ampol Foodary Altona North

1 Horsburgh Drive, North Altona, VIC 3025

Opening soon

4 bays – 2 x CCS2, 2 x CHAdeMO

Charging up to 150kW

Ampol Foodary Carseldine

1754 Gympie Road, Carseldine, QLD 4034

Opening soon

2 bays – 1 x CCS2, 1 x CHAdeMO

Charging up to 150kW

Ampol Foodary Belmont

303 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont, WA 6104

Opening soon

2 bays – 1 x CCS2, 1 x CHAdeMO

Charging up to 150kW