Electric Vehicle chargers proposed for Booner St, Hawks Nest

‘Destination style’ charger, of the kind likely to be installed on Booner Street.

ENERGISING electric vehicles (EVs) may become commonplace, as MidCoast Council has announced a proposal to install two EV charging stations in Hawks Nest.

Council was approached by Essential Energy about partnering in the pilot program, which will see basic public EV infrastructure become more easily and prominently available for the growing number of EVs coming into the area.

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“The program provides destination style EV chargers within communities where fast style chargers are unlikely to be viable for some time,” Council has noted.

A spokesperson from Essential Energy told News Of The Area, “Essential Energy is working with Councils in our network footprint, and other key stakeholders such as electric vehicle charging suppliers, to support the connection of EV charging infrastructure and provide high level advice regarding the most appropriate locations for Councils and others to install EV chargers.”

With support from Council, the next step is to execute an agreement with Essential Energy for the physical installation.

Bruce Murray, President of the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Progress Association Inc., stated, “It is progressive and practical that MidCoast Council approved the installation, which we understand to be located on existing power poles in Booner Street, near Reflections Caravan Park.

“Locals and visitors will be able to ‘top up’ using what is becoming critical transport infrastructure, enabling them to enjoy our area, whilst also providing sufficient range to access fast charging systems in larger nearby localities,” Mr Murray added, citing the average range of EVs as 40km to 160km range for two hours’ charging.

The Progress Association understands the EV chargers will be funded, installed, and maintained by Essential Energy, with MidCoast Council spending around $200 updating signage about the stations’ location and usage.

The only other EV charging options in town, according to the Transport for NSW ‘Charging map’ website, are three ‘3112 wall outlets’, two located along Marine Drive, Tea Gardens, the third at Providence Bay Park, Hawks Nest, though they are tough to locate.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

The likely location of the new EV chargers, outside Reflections.

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