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Electric vehicle chargers - Harcourt and Castlemaine

Electric vehicle being charged.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is installing two new electric vehicle charging stations in Harcourt and Castlemaine.

Project summary

Council secured funds from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program for this project.

The first charging station is located at 7 High Street in Harcourt, adjacent to the public toilet block, and the second will be in 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 company Tritium, and 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 2021.

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

To read more please refer to the press release.

Project aim and outcomes

Council anticipates 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 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.

Design considerations

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.

Locations:

- Castlemaine - Visitor Information Centre Carpark, Forest Street
- Harcourt - 7 High Street

Intended construction timeline

Works are complete in Harcourt.

Works are expected to be completed by late July 2021 in Castlemaine.

Project contact

Melanie Marshall - Climate Change Coordinator
Email - m.marshall@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

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