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Newcastle trebles EV charging stations in city

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City of Newcastle (CN) will treble the number of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the LGA over the coming months.

Thirty-two ports are slated for 11 new locations – Beresfield, Georgetown, Stockton, Adamstown, Mayfield, Hamilton, New Lambton, Newcastle, Newcastle East, Wallsend and Wickham – to cater for the growing amount of EV owners, who live in or visit the town.

They’ll join CN’s existing network at Wharf Road, No. 2 Sportsground, Laxman Street and Perkins Street in the CBD.

The $720,000 investment, of which council contributed $450,000 – and supported by a $270,000 NSW Government grant, is a key priority for the Newcastle Environment Strategy, according to Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

“City of Newcastle boasts a well-earnt reputation when it comes to protecting our precious natural environment, while also investing in progressive actions to ensure our city is more sustainable,” she said.

“Delivering the public infrastructure necessary to support our community’s uptake of electric vehicles is an essential step in our vision for a city-wide net zero transition.

“We applaud the NSW Government’s commitment to making NSW the easiest and most affordable place to buy and use an EV in Australia and thank them for their support in driving our sustainability initiatives forward in Newcastle.”

The chargers will be powered by 100% renewable energy from CN’s Summerhill Solar Farm and existing power purchase agreement.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said Novocastrians were known for embracing sustainability.

“As part of our Newcastle Environment Strategy, we’re supporting the uptake and availability of electric and low emissions vehicles,” he explained.

“Increasing the number of EV public ports across the city is an important step towards achieving this goal.

“Since 2019, we’ve provided enough renewable electricity through our existing EV chargers to allow drivers to travel a total of 2.66 million kilometres, which is enough to circle the globe 66 times.

“With three times the number of places to charge, we’ll make it even easier for locals to make the switch to electric vehicles.”

Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe said the NSW Government was delivering on its election commitment to increase the take up of EVs by investing $4.1 million to install 671 EV stations at 391 sites across the state.

“This investment will significantly increase the availability of public charging options and give people confidence their next vehicle purchase can be an EV,” she stated.

“Almost 30% of NSW drivers do not have access to private, off-street parking to charge an EV.

“We will continue to roll out EV charging grants to further support the NSW goal of being the easiest place in Australia to own and drive an electric vehicle.”

The project is expected to be completed by February 2025.

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