BENNETT’S Petroleum Supplies is empowering The Derwent Valley with the state’s fourth 24/7 electric vehicle fast charger at New Norfolk’s iconic rest stop, Mood Food.

Bennett’s launched its first state-of-the-art charger at Kempton last May, giving motorists hassle-free access to convenient and leading technology.

Bennett’s CEO Troy Bennett said the hi-tech BOLT 50KW DC unit was environmentally-friendly, easy to use and allowed most electric car users to completely charge their vehicles within 30 minutes.

Mr Bennett said the locally-owned and operated company was committed to helping Tasmania transition to renewable energy sources.

“Bennett’s is focusing on providing a sustainable, accessible and innovative electric vehicle-charging network throughout the state,” Mr Bennett said.

“And the Derwent Valley is the next chapter in this exciting process.

“The company is thrilled with this development as the unit can be used 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year.

“Bennett’s is passionate, innovative and committed to embracing new and sustainable technology.

“Bennett’s doesn’t just supply fuel – it is a progressive company that focuses on energy efficiencies for future generations.”

Electric Vehicle Association Tasmanian Branch Treasurer Clive Attwater said his organisation was successfully getting the charging network stable in collaboration with Bennett’s.

“We plan to cover the state with chargers, giving Tasmanians and interstate consumers the opportunity to travel anywhere, Mr Attwater said.

“When that happens, people will find the EVs extremely attractive.

“The prices are coming down, the range is going up and we expect this infrastructure to be the norm by 2025.”

Free charging: 15 June 2020 – 15 July 2020.

Thank you to The Tasmanian Climate Change Office for its support via its Electric Vehicle ChargeSmart Grants Program.

Please contact Julia Di Ienno on 0467 552 225 for more information.