Published on 04 September 2018
The City of Launceston is installing the State's first 50kw DC fast charge electric vehicle charging station in the Paterson St East car park.
The $65,000 project will also see a 22kw AC electric vehicle charger installed in the car park, with plans for chargers to also be installed in the new C.H. Smith car park.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said electric vehicles represented a small but growing segment of the Tasmanian vehicle market.
"Electric vehicle sales are predicted to keep climbing, and one of the things that will be necessary for that is improved access to the charging infrastructure that is required," Mayor van Zetten said.
"The fast charge system we are installing is a Tasmanian first and will mean electric vehicles can be charged in about 30 minutes, which is going to be useful for people travelling long distances with Launceston either as the destination or a point along the journey.
"At the moment, we've excavated the footings for the chargers and laid the slabs, as well as done the majority of the electrical work.
"Over the next couple of weeks, the charging stations will be installed in the car park and we think they will be a great addition to the city."