Earlier this year MG Motor Australia offered regional hotels and other tourist destinations the opportunity to install EV charging infrastructure at a significant discount. Now, it has announced an extension of its Hotel ChargeHub Partner Program to major metropolitan centres across Australia.
Over the next three years, up to 1,000 locations across the country will be provided with electric vehicle charging stations. With up to 3,000 units on offer across Australia and New Zealand, the infrastructure will support local businesses across, including hotels and resorts based in city centres and hubs, which represents a multi-million-dollar investment by MG Motor.
The news comes off the back of the launch of MGs highly anticipated 2022 ZS EV, which is currently Australia’s most affordable electric vehicle, with the entry level ‘Excite’ priced at $44,990 driveaway.
Peter Ciao, CEO for MG Motor Australia and New Zealand, said in an announcement, “In Australia, purchase price is the biggest barrier to adoption of electric vehicles, closely followed by concern at the lack of public charging infrastructure.
“The extension of our Hotel ChargeHub Partner Program demonstrates our commitment to supporting Australian communities, by providing businesses and consumers alike with the necessary infrastructure to support the transition to electric.”
The new EV charging network – based on MG’s own award-winning ChargeHub – will be delivered to operators spanning the entire country, with successful applicants required to pay a one-off $330 admin fee inclusive of GST, representing savings upwards of $1,660 off the recommended retail price (RRP) for a single EV charging unit.
Available in 7kW single-phase and 11Kw three-phase configurations, the MG ChargeHub typically retails at $1,990 and $2,090 respectively. The chargers are also Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) compliant so may be installed with third party software to provide operators the option to charge guests for charging.
“These chargers will not only enhance each venue’s customer experience, but will also reassure electric vehicle owners that they can drive around Australia with ease,” confirmed Ciao.
MG Motor has opened applications to prospective venue operators in metro centres across the country. Interested parties simply submit their expressions of interest at mgelectric.com.au.