Published on 23 February 2022
Construction has started on two new public charging stations for electric vehicles in Sorrento. Located in the Morce Avenue car park, just near the community centre and the skate park, the 50kW chargers will be capable of charging a typical electric vehicle from flat to 80 per cent charge in approximately one hour.
The chargers will operate as a paid service and will be managed by Evie Networks. the cost, which will be set by Evie Networks, will be commensurate with similar services.
This new initiative is in response to Evie’s successful application for ARENA’s Future Fuels Funding Program which promises to promote public charging infrastructure: ‘On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $24.55 million in funding to five applicants across 19 projects to expand Australia’s fast charging network for battery electric vehicles (EVs), in Round 1 of the Government’s Future Fuels Fund.’
It is expected that the chargers will be ready for public use by the end of April. To view an interactive map of available public charging locations visit: plugshare.com.
Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“This initiative will further promote the uptake of zero emission vehicles in our community, serving to reduce transport emissions, enhance our tourism economy and improve our community’s health and wellbeing. This project aligns strongly with our Climate Emergency Plan.”
Quote attributable to Nepean Ward Councillor Susan Bissinger:
“Being a tourism hot spot with many holiday makers and weekend visitors throughout the year, Sorrento is the perfect destination for public EV chargers. Many community members and our visitors will be happy to be able to charge their cars while they take a stroll around the village!”
Quote attributable to Nepean Ward Councillor Sarah Race:
“Electric vehicle uptake is critical in reducing emissions and tackling the climate crisis. One of the main barriers for people who are considering making the switch to an electric car is the lack of public chargers available. By working with Evie we are directly addressing this concern and standing by our commitment to a greener future.”