A regional south coast council has revealed a plan to increase the amount of EV chargers in the region – but not all local residents are happy with the move. 

The plan introduced by the Eurobodalla Council in 2020 has seen the installation of EV chargers across the region, after owners of electric cars said there weren’t enough public charging stations.

Tourism numbers from cities like Canberra have shown the true extent of this issue, with 40 per cent of money spent in the region coming from Canberrans looking to get away and more than 10 per cent of new cars sold in Canberra being electric.

It’s a problem which hasn’t been lost on Eurobodalla mayor and Tesla owner, Matthew Hatcher.

“When people drive from Canberra to here, they find there can be a bit of a wait to charge their car,” he said.

Mr Hatcher said the 2022 Christmas holiday period saw visitors waiting “hours” to charge their cars.

“After waiting a while to charge your car, the actual charging part can also take a bit of time, depending if it’s a fast charger or not,” he said.

Canberra resident Daniel Wilson owns a Tesla Model Y and often visits Narooma for holidays.

However for Mr Wilson, his recent trips in his EV have been “difficult” due to the small town only having one charger.

“Teslas are becoming so popular, I can’t understand how a town can only have one public charger,” he said. “It’s fair to say that, people who have Teslas who live in Narooma would probably have chargers installed at home, but for visitors like me, it can be a bit annoying.”

Mr Wilson said he waited two hours to charge his car in the town after arriving.

“You get to these places to relax, so to then have to wait that long just to charge your car is pretty annoying,” he said.

Eurobodalla Council discussed the draft EV charging strategy at their Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday, specifically the installation of new chargers in Narooma and chargers being installed at the Moruya Library.

While the motion to install the chargers passed unanimously, it wasn’t opposed by residents who said they would take away needed parking spaces.

“Objecting submitters are concerned that there will not be enough parking,” council business papers state.

Council responded to the concerns by noting parking would not be removed, rather would be used by electric vehicles, who would need a parking space regardless of a charger.

Extracted in full from:  https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/thesouthcoastnews/eurobodalla-councils-plan-to-double-ev-chargers-by-2027/news-story/a574fc9fae37d10c7d36a45803ceedc2

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