Yarra's electric car chargers hit 1500-mark milestone

Wednesday 13 July 2022

Two white electric vehicle chargers in foreground, in front of trees
More than 330 drivers across Yarra have charged their electric cars 1500 times in five months thanks to 2 new chargers that were installed in January at Collingwood Library.

The fast-charging stations have been delivered through a collaborative new partnership between Yarra City Council and Evie Networks with co-funding from the Federal Government’s Future Fuels Fund.

The stations are powered by 100 per cent renewable energy and provide electric car owners with up to 50km of driving range in only ten minutes of charging. 

Mayor of Yarra, Cr Sophie Wade, said it’s exciting to see such a strong response from local residents and visitors.

“Electric vehicles are an important part of our community’s transition to zero emissions,” she said.

“Our partnership with Evie Networks means that we can make it easier and more convenient for people to charge their electric cars. It also brings us one step closer to achieving our target of net-zero emissions in the Yarra community by 2030,” she said.   

Yarra City Council is committed to supporting a greater take-up of electric vehicles in the community, particularly through a greater investment in publicly accessible EV charging stations across the municipality and advocating for electrification of Melbourne’s bus fleet.

In June, Council adopted its 2022 Victorian Election Advocacy Priorities which included seeking a commitment from candidates and political parties to invest $250,000 for five new EV chargers across the municipality.

Council will be advocating strongly to put infrastructure, inclusivity and the climate emergency front and centre at this year’s election and ensure the projects our city needs most to grow and thrive are supported by our State representatives.


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