Electric vehicles in Australia – can we just get on with it please

In the Canberra/Queanbeyan region there are over 250 electric vehicles and the number is increasing slowly in response to initiatives from the ACT Government.

In fact, the map on my somewhat range-challenged Nissan Leaf shows that there are now 14 charging stations within the ACT. When I bought the vehicle two years ago there were only three.

It would be great if our local Queanbeyan Palerang Council could follow suit and encourage zero emissions commuting and touring by providing public charging infrastructure around the region. Ultimately it would benefit both EV drivers and local businesses.

Locating chargers adjacent to local tourist destinations, restaurants, and coffee shops for example would encourage patronage from the EV community and bring in business from growing numbers of owners and their families keen to explore the region using more sustainable forms of transport.

Oh, and while I am drawing up my Christmas list, it would be even better if QPRC joined the Cities Power Partnership program and collaborated with other jurisdictions to ‘electrify’ the Kings Highway all the way to the coast.

This article first appeared in the District Times on 21st September

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