Electric vehicle charging points should be installed in new buildings, according to an enthusiastic young councillor.
Logan city councillor Jacob Heremaia has announced his plan for electric vehicle charging points to be considered in new buildings across Queensland to help fast-track the growing industry.
Cr Heremaia, who is the youngest councillor in Queensland at just 21, today had his motion passed, which he hailed as a step in the right direction to boost demand for electric vehicles.
The motion passed by Logan City Council’s planning committee also calls on the State Government to explicitly reference the role of local government in facilitating demand for electric vehicles.
Cr Heremaia says the rising demand for electric vehicles means more infrastructure is required to help boost Queensland’s market.
“Our state has less than 300 public charging sites but more people are driving electric cars and we need more public charging infrastructure,” Cr Heremaia said.
“Electric vehicles are the future and installing them (charging sites) in new developments is a perfect opportunity,” he said.
Queensland’s infrastructure trails Victoria and New South Wales which have 350 and 500 public charging sites respectively.
Evie Networks sales lead, Geoff Brady says there are three key pillars which will help boost Australia’s domestic demand for electric vehicles and the government will play a vital role.
“The three pillars the industry needs are vehicle availability, price parity, and charging infrastructure,” Mr Brady said.
“The Queensland Government has shown early leadership, particularly in charging infrastructure, however, there is more to be done in increasing Australia’s access to electric vehicles and incentivising take-up”, he said.
Logan Mayor Darren Power will now write to Local Government and Planning Minister Steven Miles requesting amendments to the state’s planning policies.
Extracted in full from: Councillor says new buildings need electric vehicle chargers to fast-track industry | The Courier Mail