Ampol has advanced plans to create 300 AmpCharge electric vehicle charging stations across 100 sites after striking a deal with Mirvac to set up at 10 east coast shopping centres.
The bulk of the complexes are in Sydney, including Birkenhead Point in Drummoyne, Broadway (CBD), East Village (Zetland), Greenwood Plaza (North Sydney), Rhodes Waterside, South Eveleigh and South Village (Kirrawee).
In Queensland, Kawana Shoppingworld at Buddina, on the Sunshine Coast, and Orion Springfield Central in Brisbane will get the feature as will Moonee Ponds Central, in Melbourne’s inner north west.
The EV charging stations will be the first in Mirvac’s retail portfolio though the group has established them at other properties since 2017.
Following the Ampol commitment, the landlord’s supply of EV charging stations will more than double.
Longer term, the energy giant and Mirvac are expected to set up at other malls.
Others encouraged to follow
The first Ampol/Mirvac EV charging station should be installed this year; energy used will be offset by Large Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) to net the equivalent electricity consumption.
The move, it is hoped, will encourage other shopping centre owners to strike deals with other providers.
“Ampol continues to build its AmpCharge network so customers can charge with us wherever and whenever they need,” the company’s executive general manager, International and New Business, Brent Merrick, said (story continues below).
“This partnership…will allow us to expand our offer beyond the forecourt to destinations like Mirvac’s leading property network,” he added.
Demand rising: Mirvac
Mirvac’s general manager, Retail, Kelly Miller, said establishing its first EV charging stations in 2017, demand has increased significantly.
The rise in utilisation has been 60 per cent this year, she added.
“Mirvac’s partnership with Ampol represents a significant milestone in electrification with two major Australian companies coming together to drive the use of more sustainable vehicles,” according to the executive.
“We recognise it is our responsibility to provide our customers with more sustainable solutions and convenient access to green innovation,” she added.
“Mirvac Retail was the first Australian shopping centre portfolio to procure 100pc renewable electricity across its shopping centres in January 2021 and this latest announcement is another step to the company realising its goal to be carbon net positive in scope 3 emissions by 2030, with the company reaching its Scope 1 and 2 emissions target in 2021, nine years ahead of schedule”.
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