A new super-fast electric vehicle charger has been installed at the Port of Sale in a bid to spark tourism, charge a regional economic recovery and kickstart an electric vehicle revolution in regional Victoria.
Part of Victoria’s Charging the Regions project, Sale’s 50kW DC charger – Wellington Shire’s first public fast electric vehicle charging station – will form part of a network of more than 20 chargers that are being rolled out across central and western Victoria.
“The charging station is sited in the Port of Sale carpark, near the Visitor Centre, so while their car is charging for an hour or so, electric vehicle drivers are coming into the centre and discovering places to see and things to do right across our region,” Wellington Shire Mayor Garry Stephens said.
“Bringing electric vehicle drivers to our shire means more jobs in the hospitality, accommodation and tourism sectors. We power their cars, they help power our economy,” Cr Stephens said.
The fast EV charger, which will charge most cars in under two hours also meets Council’s commitment to reduce emissions, tackle climate change and help the transition to renewables.
Once completed, the Charging the Regions network will provide a seamless connection experience for EV drivers – bringing in much-needed tourism to towns across regional Victoria and ensuring that regional Victoria does not get left behind as increasing numbers of electric cars hit the road.
The charging station will be officially launched Wednesday 7 April, with free activities for adults and kids, including EV displays, a free film and free Rubeena cruises, but tourists have already used the station to power up.