Drop in and charge

Aus­tralia’s first ul­tra-rapid ve­hi­cle charg­ing site is com­ing to Euroa

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY GRACE EVANS gevans@ne­me­dia.com.au

AUS­TRALIA’S first fastest elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions are be­ing de­vel­oped in re­gional Vic­to­ria, with sites in Euroa and Bar­nawartha North.

Us­ing lo­cal ex­per­tise and busi­nesses, Min­is­ter for En­ergy Lily D’Am­bro­sio an­nounced last week that Aus­tralian busi­ness Charge­fox will re­ceive $1 mil­lion to de­velop Aus­tralia’s first ul­tra-rapid ve­hi­cle charg­ing sites.

The home for the charg­ing site in Euroa will be at the Shell Ser­vice Cen­tre on Tar­combe Street and owner Michael Roth from Mir­corp Prop­erty Group has said he looks for­ward to hav­ing the site.

“It’s look­ing to the fu­ture to pro­vide for hy­brid and all elec­tric charge mo­tor ve­hi­cles,” Mr Roth said.

“This fa­cil­ity is go­ing to pro­vide a great ser­vice for the peo­ple of Euroa who are get­ting into hy­brid and elec­tri­cal mo­tor cars.

“From an en­vi­ron­ment point of view I think we are be­ing re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens.”

Charge­fox has made an elec­tric ve­hi­cle charge man­age­ment soft­ware plat­form de­signed and built in Aus­tralia and will cre­ate two charg­ing sites with mul­ti­ple charg­ing sta­tions at each.

The com­pany will match the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s fund­ing to build the sta­tions, which are ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by the end of Oc­to­ber.

The charg­ing sta­tions will dra­mat­i­cally re­duce charg­ing time for driv­ers, with up to 400km of range de­liv­ered in 15 min­utes, the fastest of any charger cur­rently de­ployed in Aus­tralia.

The lo­ca­tions of the charg­ing sites will make it eas­ier for mo­torists trav­el­ling in­ter­state, pro­vid­ing a boom for lo­cal economies, with the aim of boost­ing tourism in re­gional Vic­to­ria. .

The Euroa En­vi­ron­ment Group has said they are in full sup­port of the for­ward think­ing ini­tia­tive.

“The An­drews Gov­ern­ment are plan­ning for the fu­ture and we ap­plaud them for their fore­sight,” they said.

“All de­vel­op­ment must be based on mak­ing our fu­ture safe and sus­tain­able and re­new­able en­ergy is lead­ing the way.

“Like mo­bile phones the tran­si­tion to Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles will hap­pen quickly and we must act quickly if we hope to lower emis­sions.”

Min­is­ter for En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Lily D’Am­bro­sio said elec­tric ve­hi­cles are the fu­ture, and we’re en­sur­ing Vic­to­ria is at the fore­front of this tran­si­tion.

“With our So­lar Homes ini­tia­tive and plans for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, Vic­to­ria is lead­ing the na­tion in new en­ergy tech­nol­ogy,” Min­is­ter D’Am­bro­sio said.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes also said we’re bring­ing the world’s best tech­nol­ogy to re­gional Vic­to­ria and sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses along the way.

“These ul­tra- rapid charg­ing sites will bring more tourists to our towns and help drive down emis­sions,” Ms Symes said.

HOME OF THE CHARG­ING CARS: The Shell Ser­vice Cen­tre in Euroa is set to be the home of one of Aus­tralia’s first ul­tra-rapid ve­hi­cle charg­ing sites.

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