Wheels rolling

Elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing site re­vealed at Euroa’s Shell

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

EUROA’S Shell Ser­vice Cen­tre was abuzz with ex­cite­ment last Wed­nes­day, as Min­is­ter for En­ergy Lily D’Am­bro­sio of­fi­cially un­veiled the new ul­tra-rapid ve­hi­cle charg­ing site.

The charg­ing sta­tion will dra­mat­i­cally re­duce charg­ing time for driv­ers, ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing up to 400 kilo­me­tres of range de­liv­ered in 15 min­utes, be­ing the fastest of any charger cur­rently in Aus­tralia.

En­ergy com­pany Charge­fox re­ceived $1 mil­lion from the La­bor Govern­ment and matched that fund­ing to de­velop the site in Euroa.

With the abil­ity to de­liver a fully charged ve­hi­cle in 15 min­utes, sourced 100 per­cent re­new­ably, Min­ster D’Am­bro­sio said up­take of elec­tric ve­hi­cles will help us re­duce emis­sions and to tackle cli­mate change.

“More Vic­to­ri­ans will be driv­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles in the fu­ture, that’s why we’re build­ing the in­fra­struc­ture to be ready to meet this de­mand,” she said.

It was also an­nounced fund­ing has been at­trib­uted to con­tinue the elec­tric revo­lu­tion, with five new sites to be built across Vic­to­ria.

A real win for the Strath­bo­gie Shire mayor Amanda McClaren at­tended the an­nounce­ment and said it is su­per ex­cit­ing to see that the shire are re­ally lead­ing the way in this re­new­able en­ergy space.

“To be the big­gest so­lar charg­ing spot in Aus­tralia right now, this re­ally puts Euroa on the map,” Cr McClaren said.

“Not only are we go­ing to have peo­ple stop here to charge their cars but we will be high­lighted as one of those key places they can stop.

“Peo­ple can stop they can charge, go in and get a cof­fee from our lo­cal busi­nesses and ex­plore our re­gion.”

Ex­press­ing the de­vel­op­ment as cru­cial, Cr McClaren also said Euroa will be the key spot now for peo­ple to charge head­ing north to Melbourne.

Vic­to­ria is lead­ing the na­tion with the roll­out of this tech­nol­ogy, with its trans­port sec­tor on the road to a low car­bon fu­ture in line with its leg­is­lated net-zero emis­sions by 2050 tar­get.

Owner of the Shell Ser­vice Cen­tre in Euroa Michael Roth has said the edi­tion of the new charg­ing sta­tions will only add to the vi­sion of see­ing this as a com­mu­nity cen­tre for Euroa.

“It’s go­ing to add more peo­ple com­ing into the town , so I hope all the lo­cal traders will see a ben­e­fit, whether it’s ac­com­mo­da­tion or a week­end stopover,” Mr Roth said.

CHARG­ING FAST: New ul­tra-rapid ve­hi­cle charg­ing sites in Euroa will be able to de­liver 400km of range in just 15 min­utes.

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