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Electric car charging stations set for Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood

Michael Weaver 8 September 2019 47
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File photo of electric vehicle charging stations.

With the ACT’s transition to a zero-emissions plan for all vehicles, Canberra’s cousins over the border in Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood are catching up with plans to install electric vehicle charging stations there.

A spokesperson from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) told Region Media consideration is being given to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of the Council’s master plans for Bungendore and Queanbeyan.

An electric vehicle charging station is also earmarked for Braidwood.

Once complete, the EV charging stations will allow motorists to travel between Canberra and Batemans Bay with the knowledge that a charging station is close by.

The QPRC spokesperson said while electric vehicle charging stations are still very much in the concept stage, there was at least one comment requesting consideration be given to electric vehicle charging points in the public exhibition period for the car parking strategies for Queanbeyan and Bungendore.

“Comments on the recently exhibited concept design plans for a new off-street car park in Bungendore have not yet been presented to Council, however we can advise that more than 40 submissions were received, many of which responded positively to the question, “Do you think the car park should include toilet facilities, smart lighting, electric vehicle charging stations etc?” the spokesperson said.

“The Bungendore car park is only at the concept design stage. Any new car parks proposed in the Queanbeyan CBD Spatial Master Plan are yet to move to the design stage. The number and location of EV charging stations will be considered in the future.”

In Queanbeyan, multi-storey car parks are being proposed in the CBD. Each would include electric vehicle charging stations, smart lighting, smart parking, WiFi and CCTV.

In Bungendore, a report on the community consultation should go back to Council in the coming months. The off-street parking area is intended to also accommodate additional usage other than traditional car parking such as a community market space. It is also likely to include electric vehicle charging stations, WiFi, CCTV, smart lighting and other technology.

In Braidwood, a December 2018 Council meeting saw Council agree to allow the NRMA to install an electric vehicle charging station as part of any future car park redevelopment. The station would provide charging facilities for two car parking spaces.

Minister Shane Rattenbury charging an electric car at the launch of the new West Belconnen charging station. Photo: Supplied.

Two new electric vehicle charging stations were unveiled on 26 August as part of the ACT Government’s transition to a zero-emissions fleet. Three more are located over the border at Queanbeyan, Wamboin and Gundaroo.

The new Canberra stations, located at the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre building in Holt, are part of a growing ACT Government fleet network of 46 charging stations that will be fully operational in the next few weeks, with more stations set to be installed in 2020.

“By 2020 the ACT will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, after which time our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – at over 60 per cent – will come from transport,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said.

“At a time of climate emergency, the ACT is proudly putting our climate first. As we move away from a reliance on fossil fuels, we’re leading by example in transitioning our fleet to electric vehicles.”

Zero emissions vehicles cause less air and noise pollution, have lower running costs, don’t incur stamp duty and receive a 20 per cent discount on registration fees.

There are over 330 privately registered EVs in the ACT including 90 plug-in hybrids. These owners have access to 29 public charging stations located across the region, one of the highest concentrations of EV vehicle charging stations in the country.

The NRMA has also committed $10 million to build Australia’s largest fast-charging network to support the electrification of the transport sector in NSW and the ACT.

NRMA Chief Investment Officer Rachel Wiseman said motorists are worried about where their next charge will be, particularly outside of capital cities.

“The NRMA is committed to delivering a solution to ‘range anxiety’, by installing an extensive network of electric vehicle fast chargers right across NSW and the ACT. Our aim is that 95 per cent of EV journeys are within 150 kilometres of one of our charging stations,” Ms Wiseman said.

The average cost of running a car on liquid fuel is $1.50 per litre, while the average cost of running an electric vehicle is $0.33. EVs also require far less maintenance, which equates to significant cost benefits for motorists.

Tesla superchargers for electric cars at the Goulburn Visitor’s Centre. Photo: Supplied.


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Lucy Baker 11:06 am 10 Sep 19

No mention of how long it takes for a charge. Wonder why!

bigred 8:10 am 10 Sep 19

I am in no hurry, but know I will buy an electric vehicle when the reliable range is of the order of 1000 kms (750 kms when towing a 600 kg trailer). Looking at the improvements in electric power tools over recent times I suspect that day is not too far away.

Capital Retro 6:23 pm 09 Sep 19

Pricing of Mitsubishi hybrid AWD (not really meant to be a substitute for a 4WD)
Outlander PHEV ES – $45,990
Outlander PHEV Exceed – $53,990
All prices exclude on-road costs.

Capital Retro 2:20 pm 09 Sep 19

Labor offered no subsidy but there was a depreciation incentive for fleet buyers:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/01/50-of-new-cars-to-be-electric-vehicles-by-2030-under-labor-climate-change-policy

We sure dodged a bullet when Labor lost the election though.

Spiral 1:30 pm 09 Sep 19

I am really looking forward to electric cars eventually getting cheaper to buy and my driving habits are well suited for them.

However they are currently getting a bit of a free ride as a significant amount of our fuel price is various taxes, some of which are not being paid by electric cars.

Over time, if electric cars become popular, the amount of money raised from motorists will decrease and the government will have to look at alternative ways of obtaining it.

Some sort of usage tax where people pay X cents per km their vehicle travels seems fair (but of course unpopular with owners of electric vehicles), but I’d guess difficult to administer.

JS9 11:17 am 09 Sep 19

“Remember Labor and the Greens’ plan to force 50% of electric cars within two years? It was part of “climate change” so comprehensively rejected by the voters. Now we know why. “

Care to actually back that up with a link John. It is absolute baloney.

Labor’s plan was to aim for 50% of new vehicles to be sold in 2030 to be electric vehicles.

Not force anyone in two years to be 50% of anything.

Free for people to voice their opinion, but leave the bulls**** at the door please.

    A Nonny Mouse 2:50 pm 09 Sep 19

    This is nonsense and propaganda. The Labor plan was for 50% of NEW car sales in 2030 to be electric. The Libs’ plan was for 25-50% of new sale electric by 2030, not so different.

11:12 am 09 Sep 19

Will these stations be powered by diesel generators ?

    12:05 pm 09 Sep 19

    These are the 2015 NSW consumption stats, I can't find stats for 2018 or 19 but this gives you a rough guide

Capital Retro 10:25 am 09 Sep 19

“Here’s an example of a big Tesla supercharger station”

You mean the one at Goulburn Visitors’ Centre in the image? Where are the EVs?

9:33 am 09 Sep 19

Remember Labor and the Greens' plan to force 50% of electric cars within two years? It was part of "climate change" so comprehensively rejected by the voters. Now we know why. Sales figures over the past year show that sales of electric cars have slumped and are going south at a rate of knots. People want utes and they love petrol fuelled vehicles. The biggest selling car is the Toyota HiLux, the second is the Ford Ranger. And the RAM truck is flying off the shelves and the facility converting them to right hand drive can't keep up with the demand. Sorry, "climate change" believers and conservationists, we are leaving you behind in our dust.

    12:12 pm 09 Sep 19

    John Moulis No I don't remember any plan ever to make 50% of cars electric in 2 years, I don't think that was ever an ALP policy, not even in the exuberance of Rudds Kevin07 era, when are you alledging that was an ALP policy? 🤨

    12:22 pm 09 Sep 19

    LJ Tas Shorten in the recent election campaign.

    12:40 pm 09 Sep 19

    Ok from what I've found it was a subsidy to support 50% of all new car sales being either hybrid or electric in the year 2030? Which is 11 years away?

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-09/federal-election-labor-australian-electric-car-manufacturing/11093672

    7:00 pm 09 Sep 19

    LJ Tas Yes. 50% of new car sales, not the entire fleet as some people read it.

    6:17 am 10 Sep 19

    Chris Williams you mean the electorate read it...

    2:26 pm 12 Sep 19

    John. EV sales doubled in 2018. Albeit from a small base.

    Slumped. Lol.

7:50 am 09 Sep 19

It is a great shame that 99% of nrma et al charge points are for Tesla and leave us lesser ev drivers powerless!

    8:01 am 09 Sep 19

    Pennie Tyrrell well write to them before they build them

    2:28 pm 09 Sep 19

    The NRMA chargers have CCS on one side and Chademo on the other. That covers every vehicle from Nissan, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Jaguar etc., not just Tesla. Every vehicle likely to be brought to Australia can get a DC fast charge from the sort of charger being installed by NRMA.

Capital Retro 7:44 am 09 Sep 19

So, how much does the battery cost to replace and if it isn’t recycled into a home solar system what happens to it? A new home solar battery costs about $12,000 so would an EV owner will expect to pay the same for a replacement? If that is the case it would not be economical to keep the car. Has an EV actually travelled 1,250,000 km?

Few people buy a “performance cars” so what is the point in getting a Tesla that gets from 0 kmh to 100 kmh in 1.9 seconds?

    A Nonny Mouse 2:53 pm 09 Sep 19

    I know examples of Chevy Volts in the USA have travelled many hundreds of thousands of miles with little or no battery degradation. The crucial thing seems to be excellent temperature control of the battery.

    Capital Retro 4:14 pm 09 Sep 19

    Indeed, one hybrid Volt has been reported to have covered over 750,000 kms with the original battery still in good shape. Bear in mind that the Volt cost 3 times as much as the GM Cruze which it was modelled on so I would expect that sort of endurance too.

    I have an 18 year old 4WD which has exceeded 300,000 kms and is still going strong with no major mechanical repairs. When an EV version of my 4WD is offered at about $60,000 I will be interested.

12:13 am 09 Sep 19

I would love to have an electric vehicle, but at present they are not possible for places I drive at times. No mains electricity. A petrol/electric would be good.

    12:03 pm 09 Sep 19

    luckily hybrid vehicles have been available for over a decade

    12:10 pm 09 Sep 19

    Benjamin Spark I mean ones that can run purely on electricity around town, but can switch to petrol when going outback. That's why I said petrol/electric. They also need to be at least AWD with good ground clearance.

    2:30 pm 09 Sep 19

    Julie Macklin Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Plug-in electric around town for about 50km range, 4WD, then seamlessly swaps to its petrol range extension motor. They have been around for quite a few years now.

    1:10 pm 10 Sep 19

    Peter Campbell If the prices that Capital Retro gave are right, these are too expensive for many people.

    Pricing of Mitsubishi hybrid AWD (not really meant to be a substitute for a 4WD) Outlander PHEV ES – $45,990 Outlander PHEV Exceed – $53,990 All prices exclude on-road costs.

    9:48 pm 12 Sep 19

    Carsales have plenty recent model Outlander PHEVs only a few years old from $18,500 and into the $20ks. https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/results/?q=(And.Service.Carsales._.(C.Make.Mitsubishi._.Model.Outlander.)_.Odometer.range(..)._.CarAll.keyword(PHEV).)&sort=%7ePrice

9:23 pm 08 Sep 19

Makes sense if your heading down the coast, you can charge at Queanbeyan, make it down to Bungendore, recharge and get to Braidwood, all down hill from there to the coast !!! 😂😂😂

    2:40 pm 09 Sep 19

    In a plug-in series hybrid Holden Volt, I get from the top of Clyde Mountain to Nelligen entirely on the energy recovered from the downhill bits before the petrol range extender comes back on.

8:42 pm 08 Sep 19

And how is the power generated in order to charge them???

    11:33 pm 08 Sep 19

    Natalie Grey some people are using home solar. But even if they aren’t, electric vehicles are significantly more energy efficient. Internal combustion cars convert about 22% energy into forward motion. Electric vehicles convert about 80% energy into forward motion. They certainly aren’t perfect, but they are an improvement. And in the future, who knows? Maybe we’ll have a government that starts to ween us off coal!

    5:49 am 09 Sep 19

    Natalie Grey, In the ACT they are powered by 100% renewable energy. Until NSW catches up they will be powered by a percentage of Aussie coal + Renewable. A petrol car is powered by mostly Saudi oil. Currently the supply of which is a cause of great tension and military intervention. I know which one I prefer.

    12:07 pm 09 Sep 19

    I can't find the current 2018 numbers, but these NSW stats from 2015 will give you a rough idea

    2:37 pm 09 Sep 19

    Even on a coal-heavy grid, EVs come out with lower emissions. https://theconversation.com/clean-green-machines-the-truth-about-electric-vehicle-emissions-122619

    2:43 pm 09 Sep 19

    We already have enough generation capacity in the grid to handle EV charging so long as we avoid the evening peak. There are incentives in place for that from peak demand tariffs and Time of Use tariffs and similar. To the extent that EVs require more generation capacity, it will come from renewables. Nobody except some of the COALition think we will build any new coal-fired power stations.

    12:39 pm 10 Sep 19

    Natalie Grey the same power that's used to refine oil into petrol.

6:29 pm 08 Sep 19

I cant wait for decent electric motorcycles to be available. Commuting heaven.

rationalobserver 5:44 pm 08 Sep 19

In this rush of blood, what is being done to ensure that EV mileage contributes an equivalent amount to roads & road maintenance as the fuel excise paid by traditional motorists?
Who pays for the “zero emission” power used by these charging stations and what guarantee do we have that the power used does not originate from a coal fired power station in the first place?

    Chris Williams 6:02 am 09 Sep 19

    Only 50% of fuel excise goes towards roads. The rest goes into general revenue. Perhaps the rest should go towards pubic health costs arisen from vehicle emissions.
    For now some of the slow chargers are free but fast chargers in other countries are swipe and charge or you have an account like the Tesla charging network. Yes some of the chargers may be powered by a % of Aussie coal. A petrol car is powered by mostly Saudi oil. Currently the supply of which is a cause of great tension and military intervention.

    Capital Retro 10:23 am 09 Sep 19

    If you insist on dragging geopolitics into the debate, how do you feel about hugely subsidised Teslas being made in the USA where the hated Donald Trump is the leader?

Capital Retro 10:08 am 08 Sep 19

“EVs also require far less maintenance, which equates to significant cost benefits for motorists.”

EV owners are constantly saying how quick off the mark their EVs are. This will mean rapid tyre wear and subsequent cost. Also, I will again pose the question “how long will the battery last and how much to replace it. Will there be fitting costs and will there be a disposal cost”.

Amortise that and see how it distorts that .33c per equivalent litre cost.

    Chris Williams 6:22 am 09 Sep 19

    Tyres will only wear out proportionally to how your right foot behaves. Would you buy any performance car and criticize it for wearing out tyres? A well designed and used battery will last 5000 charges. (70%DOD) At 250km per charge thats 1,250,000 km. When an EV battery does loose capacity it will make a great power storage for a house with solar.

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