Fast-charg­ing sta­tions planned

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Own­ing and op­er­at­ing an elec­tric ve­hi­cle in Be­nalla will be­come eas­ier un­der a state govern­ment plan to de­velop Aus­tralia’s fastest charg­ing sta­tions in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The plan in­cludes us­ing lo­cal ex­per­tise and busi­nesses to de­velop the con­cept.

En­ergy Min­is­ter Lily D’Am­bro­sio re­cently an­nounced Aus­tralian busi­ness Charge­fox would re­ceive $1 mil­lion to de­velop Aus­tralia’s first ul­tra­ra­pid ve­hi­cle charg­ing sites in Euroa and Bar­nawartha North.

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

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

The sta­tions will dra­mat­i­cally re­duce charg­ing time for drivers, with up to 400 km 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, and boost­ing tourism in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The state govern­ment has leg­is­lated for net zero emis­sions by 2050, and this new in­vest­ment in elec­tric ve­hi­cles will help the sec­tor along the jour­ney to a low­car­bon fu­ture.

State Mem­ber for North- ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said ul­tra-rapid charg­ing sites would bring more tourists to our towns and help drive down emis­sions.

‘‘We’re bring­ing the world’s best tech­nol­ogy to re­gional Vic­to­ria and sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses along the way,’’ Ms Symes said.

Keep an eye out: DELWP is ask­ing lo­cal peo­ple to keep an eye out for Re­gent Honeyeaters.

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