One of the area’s most expensive charging points for electric vehicles will soon be free to use – for at least the next 12 months.

The City of Cockburn currently charges drivers $0.45 per kWh via the Chargefox app for its electric vehicle charging station at Spearwood Library.

But councillors last week (September 9) decided to make the service free for 12 months and hope it could provide drivers with another reason to buy electric.

A City officer’s report said the library station’s rate of $0.45 per kWh was about 2.5 times higher than the household electric vehicle rate offered by Synergy and was also the equal highest rate in the metropolitan area for its type of charger.

Nearby electric vehicle charging stations at Westfield Booragoon, Woolworths Mt Pleasant, Murdoch University and in the City of Fremantle’s cappuccino strip carpark are all free.

The cities of Melville and Canning and Town of East Fremantle do not provide public use electric vehicle charging stations.

City of Cockburn chief financial officer Stuart Downing said City officers would review usage at the library’s charging station over the next 12 months.

“The City believes it will encourage people to invest in electric vehicles knowing that there is a free EV charging station in Spearwood,” he said.

It is also hunting for appropriate locations to install new charging stations that could be funded as early as next year.

“The City will work with both the State Government and Commonwealth Government and its agencies to maximise the distribution of EV charging stations to meet the need we know is coming,” Mr Downing said.

Extracted in full from: Spearwood Library’s electric car charger to become free of charge | PerthNow

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