Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station to be installed in multi-level carpark

The second level of Devonport’s multi-story carpark has been chosen as the preferred location for an electric vehicle (EV)fast charging station.
Council first resolved to install a public use EV fast charge station at their meeting held 22 July 2019. Between August 2019 and January 2020, Council liaised with TasNetworks to identify existing substations near Council owned carparks which have sufficient capacity to supply the required power.
A report was considered at the July 2020 Council meeting which provided an assessment of two possible locations – the Formby Road carpark and the multi-level carpark. Accessibility and user/pedestrian safety, acceptable physical characteristics, impact on traffic/parking volumes, proximity to a substation and the ability to install additional EV chargers were deemed important criteria in determining the preferred location.

The multi-level carpark met the desired criteria, is close to the CBD and toilet amenities, allows the charging bays to be sheltered, is well lit and has existing good CCTV coverage.

Electric Highway Tasmania has been appointed as the preferred contractor to install and operate the charger. They will lease the site from Council and be responsible for all expenses and revenue generated from the charger.

The installation of the fast charging station is being funded by a $50,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government through the Electric Vehicle Charge Smart Grants Program, and an allocation of $50,000 in Council’s 2020/21 Capital Works Program.

Devonport City Council Mayor, Councillor Annette Rockliff said, “Having a public, fast electric vehicle charging station in Devonport will be a valuable addition for both residents and visitors to the City.
“It is hoped the charging station will support the growing community of EVs in Tasmania and provide a convenient option for visitors to the state on extended travel.
“This initiative further supports Council’s objective of taking action to in reduce carbon emissions and have a positive impact on the environment.”
Installation of the charging station is expected to be complete by December 2020.
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