Plans underway to install new electric vehicle charging stations at the QEO

The City of Greater Bendigo is planning to install two new electric vehicle charging stations at the Queen Elizabeth Oval (QEO) car park in the next few months as part of the ‘Charging the Regions’ program.

The program will see more than 20 new electric vehicle stations being constructed in north west Victoria at 17 sites to help boost tourism, create jobs and reduce emissions. The project is being delivered by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), State Government and 12 Local Councils, including the City.

Greater Bendigo City Council Mayor Cr Jen Alden said Charging the Regions provided a comprehensive network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across large parts of regional Victoria.

“We are delighted to be involved in the Charging the Regions program, which will have a positive impact on our environment, reduce emissions and create new and exciting opportunities for Greater Bendigo,” Cr Alden said.

“We are committed to building a cleaner, more sustainable future for our community.

“With City funding, a site at the QEO car park behind the Capital Theatre has been identified for two public 50kw fast EV charging stations, which allows four cars to charge at the same time. Installation is expected to start in the next few months.”

The stations feature fast charging technology that will allow most battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to fully recharge within one to two hours. The fee to recharge has yet to be confirmed but is likely to cover the costs of energy bills to the City in line with other fast chargers around the country.

“By being part of this network, it ensures that central Victoria stays ahead of the game as more and more EVs hit the road, and our infrastructure will allow us to be ready to respond to growing demand.

“This is a great stimulus that will in turn help boost jobs, develop a new targeted EV tourism market and encourage people who live in regional Victoria to consider ‘going electric’ too when they are looking at a car purchase in the future.”

The location of the stations in the heart of the city centre was identified for other benefits too.

“It means that while a car is charging, visitors can spend some more time in the city centre, perhaps visiting nearby attractions, browsing at the shops or enjoying a meal.”

The City is also developing an app so EV drivers can plan their journey based on the location of the charging stations. The app will also highlight things to do in Greater Bendigo, including the listing of many nearby attractions.

 

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