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New electric vehicle chargers on the way

Electric vehicle being charged.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is set to install two new electric vehicle charging stations in Harcourt and Castlemaine over the coming months.

Monday 1 March 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is set to install two new electric vehicle charging stations in Harcourt and Castlemaine over the coming months.

The charging stations will be located at 7 High Street in Harcourt, adjacent to the public toilet block, and the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre carpark, at the back of the IGA supermarket on Forest Street in the Castlemaine CBD.

The new electric vehicle chargers have been developed and manufactured by Australian-made company Tritium, and will feature rapid-charging technology that will allow most battery electric vehicles to fully recharge within one to two hours.

The new charging stations are part of the Charging the Regions program, which will see the installation of more than 20 electric vehicle chargers rolled out across 17 sites in Central and Western Victoria before the end of June 2021.

The program is being delivered by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), Victorian Government and 12 local Councils, including Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We’re excited to be part of the Charging the Regions program, and looking forward to the benefits the new charging stations will bring,” said Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We’re anticipating that the stations will help remove some of the barriers for electric vehicle owners when travelling to Central Victoria – boosting local tourism, reducing emissions and supporting the uptake of electric vehicles more widely in the process.”

“The site in Harcourt, which is opposite the post office, close to local cafés and the mountain bike track, has been identified for one 25kW fast charging station, which will allow for one vehicle to be charged at a time.

“In Castlemaine, we’re looking at a slightly bigger 50kWsystem, enabling two cars to be charged at the same time, with installation at both sites expected to start within the next few months.”

The investigation and identification of potential locations for public charging infrastructure within the Mount Alexander Shire was informed by the Charging the Regions report, and considered issues such as whether charging stations were located on Council-owned land, had adequate power supply, and were accessible to amenities.

“Electric vehicle ownership is on the rise, and as a consequence, chargers will become increasingly important – particularly in meeting tourists’ expectations.”

“It’s really exciting that through funding to enable the roll-out of this program, we’re going to be on the front-foot with this,” said Ms Howard.

“Our aim is that by 2022, these electric vehicle chargers will be powered by renewable energy as Council works towards entering into a local government power purchase agreement for 100% renewable energy for all Council operations.”

The installation of electric vehicle chargers supports Council's commitment in working to reduce shire-wide emissions, as outlined in the Climate Emergency Declaration, which was adopted by Council in December 2019 at its Ordinary Council Meeting.

The project is made possible through funding from the Federal Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

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