MG offers ‘free’ destination chargers at NSW tourist facilities

MG says it will cover the cost gap left by the New South Wales government’s electric vehicle charging subsidies, effectively offering “free” destination chargers at tourist facilities across the state.

The New South Wales government announced last week that it is offering grants of up to $40,000 to fund the installation of up to 3,500 electric vehicle charging facilities at regional tourist sites in the state.

Grants of between $2,000 and $40,000 are available to area councils, who can apply for the installation of discounted EV chargers in places such as motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions and museums – up to four per site.

MG Motor Australia said on Monday that state government grants could likely cover up to 75% of the cost of purchasing up to four AC destination chargers per council, 75% of the cost of installation and up to 50% off a two year charger software subscription.

The Chinese maker of one of Australia’s cheapest all-electric vehicles has said it will fund the remaining 25% for applicants who choose to fit an MG EV ChargeHub who are successfully approved for the government grant.

MG Motor Australia and New Zealand CEO Peter Ciao said the new initiative – which is in addition to MG’s own grant for chargers installed by regional hoteliers – underlines the brand’s commitment to a market Australian “support”.

As The Driven reported earlier this month, MG’s ZS EV was – before the arrival of BYD’s Atto 3 – Australia’s cheapest new electric vehicle and since its launch there are in just over a year, it sold over 1,300 cars, becoming Australia’s second best-selling electric vehicle after the Tesla. Model 3.

“We want to grow local economies and support small businesses in areas affected by Covid, bushfires and floods and that’s why we are filling the cost gap for our MG EV ChargeHub in conjunction with the grant,” Ciao said.

“When we launched the MG ZS EV at the end of 2020, we offered the model at a price that offered great value to customers. This, in turn, has changed the conversation about electric vehicle pricing in Australia.

“We achieved our ambition to create value and stimulate discussion. Now we are taking the next step by providing charging equipment that can be used by many electric vehicle owners in Australia.

MG’s ChargeHub, which is compatible with all EVs equipped with a Type 2 port, is available in a 7kW single-phase configuration (priced at $1,990 excluding installation) and an 11kW three-phase configuration (2,090 $, excluding installation).

Richard F. Gandhi