MEDIA RELEASE - Motorists welcome electric vehicle recharge stations

Nambucca residents Bruce and Anne Bishop now charge their electric car when they go to the shops or library thanks to council’s new electric vehicle charging station in Nambucca.

Mrs Bishop, who owns a Tesla Model S 70, said the two new car recharge stations in Nambucca and Macksville would be good for locals and tourists.

Nambucca Shire Councillor Anne Smyth said it was Council’s Clean Energy Committee who came up with the idea of installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and she thanked the Committee members for their vision.

“Having access to charging stations is about providing the infrastructure the Nambucca Shire needs going forward. These needs will only grow as prices for EVs come down and incentives to own them go up,” she said.

“The new electric vehicle recharge stations are just one way of helping to clear the bottlenecks to EV uptake. The fact that this infrastructure can be based on clean and green technology is an added bonus.

“These electric vehicle recharge stations will be used by residents and visitors and the central locations where they are installed will encourage motorists to visit nearby shops and cafes while they wait for their car’s battery to recharge.”

The electric vehicle charging stations are located outside Nambucca Library in Ridge Street and in Macksville’s McKay Street Carpark near the corner of Princess and River Streets. The stations are KEBA P30 models with a maximum charging capacity of 32 amps (22 kilowatts). Beside each station is a carpark dedicated for charging. Motorists will need to bring their own cable. The stations cost about $13,000 to buy and install and were funded by Council’s Environmental Levy.

Mr and Mrs Bishop said they bought the Tesla Model S 70 because they wanted a car that uses cleaner fuel.

“We bought the Tesla for its green credentials and it has turned out to be a great family car,” Mrs Bishop said.

“We have done almost 10,000 kilometres in it and it has never missed a beat. I have never experienced range anxiety – worry that the car’s battery will go flat before I reach my destination. There are now plenty of places to recharge them and I can even plug my car in and top it up while I visit the local shops.”

Motorists can find Council’s two recharge stations on the popular PlugShare app and website at https://www.plugshare.com/location/185962 and https://www.plugshare.com/location/185961

Council adopted a raft of other clean energy measures in the Renewable Energy Action Plan (click to download the Renewable Energy Action Plan) at its 24 April meeting. These measures include installing solar panels on Council’s main buildings and libraries and upgrading internal building lighting to LED (light emitting diode) technology as Council’s budget permits.

Council’s Clean Energy Committee is chaired by Cr Smyth and was formed in May 2017 after expressions of interest were sought from members of the public. Other members of the Committee include Councillors Susan Jenvey and Martin Ballangarry OAM and residents Dr Peter Sobey, Colin Wilson, Michael Blockey and Philip Margolis (representative for Nambucca Valley Conservation Association).

For enquiries please contact Cr Anne Smyth on 6568 8434 or General Manager, Michael Coulter on 6568 0200 or 0409153788.

MICHAEL COULTER

GENERAL MANAGER 


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