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Port of Newcastle installs electric vehicle chargers

Port of Newcastle installs electric vehicle chargers
The chargers can accommodate up to four vehicles

The Port of Newcastle has installed an electric vehicle charging station on Wharf Road to add to the city of Newcastle’s growing network.

Following other stations installed by the city last year, the two 22-kilowatt chargers have been placed in the carpark next to Harry’s Café de Wheels.

Thanks to this collaboration with the city of Newcastle, motorists can now power up using renewable energy from four parking bays either side of the two new chargers at the port.

Port of Newcastle’s chief commercial officer Simon Byrnes noted that partnerships were critical to achieving the port’s diversification and sustainability goal.

He said: “It is a pleasure to partner with the city of Newcastle to help expand its electric vehicle charging network and promote renewable energy and sustainable transport options in the region.

In addition to the electric vehicle charging station, the Port of Newcastle unveiled the first four electric vehicles in its fleet.

Byrnes added: “We expect to complete the transition to an electric fleet by the end of 2021, saving more than 48 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.”

The port ultimately aims to create a safe, sustainable and socially responsible “port for the future”, according to Byrnes.

Three other chargers have been placed by the city outside No.2 Sportsground and another smaller charging station can be found on Laman St, Cooks Hill.

Australian sales of fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars more than tripled in 2019 to 6,718 units, according to the Electric Vehicle Council, as sales of petrol and diesel vehicles fell by 8%.

North South Wales (NSW) is now covered with around 300 public charging stations, which the city plans to add to with another site in Cook Hill’s Queen Street carpark later in 2020.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said people in Newcastle were increasingly embracing sustainable transport and that the new installation had been strategically located.

Nelmes said: “There are now 19 different EV models available in Australia with a typical range of 480 km, and we’re seeing more and more local streets.

“We’ve located to inner-city businesses and tourist attractions in the hope that, like chargers installed in Wallsend’s town centre, they draw motorists from the M1 Motorway.”