Leading drinks retailer Dan Murphy’s, part of Endeavour Group, and Australia’s largest fast charging electric vehicle (EV) network, Evie Networks, are partnering to deliver public EV fast charging stations at key stores across Australia.
Powered by 100% renewable energy, these fast chargers provide drivers with up to 50 kilometres of driving range in only ten minutes of charging – with the first location now open at Dan Murphy’s Swansea in New South Wales.
Evie Networks CEO, Chris Mills, said that retail, business and property owners are an important partner in providing solutions to support the increasing demand for accessible, everyday charging.
“We are excited to include Dan Murphys in a growing public network that allows drivers to recharge where they shop, work and play. Making fast charging a seamless part of customers’ shopping experiences will help advance our mission to accelerate the adoption of EVs in Australia.
“Our reliable fast and ultra-fast network is particularly important for drivers without off-street charging, and for businesses looking to transition their fleet. If we want to move towards a cleaner transport future, people need to be confident that they can charge whenever and wherever they need.
Dan Murphy’s is the latest to join Evie Networks’ partners in Australia, which include quick service restaurants like Red Rooster and Hungry Jacks and shopping centre owners including AMP Capital. Mr Mills said that Evie Networks’ growing fast and ultra-fast public charging network will support the soaring number of EVs on Australian roads.
“With EV uptake almost doubling over the past year, Evie Networks is supporting Australian business and property owners to future proof their assets, meet community expectations and deliver the best customer experience possible.”
The launch of Evie Networks’ fast chargers at Dan Murphy’s Swansea in New South Wales is the first of several to be deployed across Australia in the next six months.
Dan Murphy’s Managing Director, Agnieszka Pfeiffer-Smith, said Swansea would be the second Dan Murphy’s store to install EV charging, following the success of the charging station at the Batemans Bay store, which launched in 2020.
“We have seen an increased demand for our EV charging in Batemans Bay from both locals and tourists alike,” Pfeiffer-Smith said.
“Range anxiety is a consideration for many when making the decision to purchase an EV, and our national network of stores means we are well-placed to address that issue by providing charging options for our customers, particularly in regional and holiday destinations, like Swansea and Batemans Bay.
“The EV charging initiative will be trialled across a number of key Dan Murphy’s locations nation-wide, and this is all about providing our customers with an improved shopping experience, while making our stores more sustainable for the long-term. Energy use is a big part of our efforts.
“Swansea is also home to a 100KW solar system which offsets over 30% of the store's energy usage with renewable energy. It is one of our 24 stores across NSW with a solar installation, and we have many more planned.”
Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley MP, said “This is great news for the Swansea community and I welcome the partnership between Dan Murphy’s Swansea and Evie Networks.”
“One of the biggest challenges with the uptake of electric vehicles in the regions is having the charging infrastructure in place to provide certainty for the community and alleviate range anxiety. Collaboration in rolling out charging infrastructure between companies like Dan Murphy’s and the NSW Government can help fast track a reliable recharging network in regional NSW.”
Dan Murphy’s is part of Australia’s leading drinks and hospitality business Endeavour Group. In its Sustainability Strategy, the company has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050.