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Sunday, February 28, 2021

New electric vehicle charging station installed in Newcastle

Motorists can now power up using two new electric vehicle charging stations on Wharf Road in Newcastle.

The 22-kilowatt chargers are located in the carpark next to Harry’s Café de Wheels and follow three other chargers installed at No.2 Sportsground and another smaller charging station on Laman St, Cooks Hill, last year.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Novocastrians were increasingly embracing sustainable transport and that the new installation had been strategically located.

“This third charging hub is part of readying Newcastle for a future in which Australians dramatically reduce their transport emissions by driving renewable energy-powered EVs,” Cr Nelmes said.

“There are now 19 different EV models available in Australia with a typical range of 480km, and we’re seeing more and more on local streets.

“We’ve located this facility close to inner-city businesses and tourist attractions in the hope that, like chargers installed in Wallsend’s town centre, they draw motorists from the M1 Motorway.

“We are delighted to partner with the Port of Newcastle in leading this transition to more sustainable transport, which we outlined in our own 2017 Smart City Strategy.”

To install the chargers City of Newcastle teamed up with Port of Newcastle and the station will initially be free before user-pay fees are later introduced.

Port of Newcastle Chief Commercial Officer Simon Byrnes said partnerships were critical to achieving the Port’s diversification and sustainability goals.

“It is a pleasure to partner with the City of Newcastle to help expand its electric vehicle charging network and promote renewable energy and sustainable transport options in the region,” Mr Byrnes said.

“Today I am excited to unveil the first four electric vehicles in our Port of Newcastle fleet.

We expect to complete the transition to an electric fleet by the end of 2021, saving more than 48 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

“Port of Newcastle is serious about its commitment to the environment and creating a prosperous future for the communities it supports.

“Ultimately, we are striving to create a safe, sustainable and socially responsible Port for the future.”

The fast charger can charge an average vehicle to around 80 per cent capacity in 30-40 minutes, while
the smaller chargers take around two hours.

The roll out of EV infrastructure is part of the $13 million Smart Moves Newcastle project, which received
$5 million under the Federal Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program in 2017.

The City has also begun transitioning its fleet with the purchase of electric vehicles and investigations into electric waste trucks.