The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s first public electric vehicle charging point will be switched on today, with the arrival on an electric vehicle on a trans-continental journey to be the first to charge it’s batteries in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The charging station, which has been custom designed and built, is fully self contained at just the fraction of the cost of a supplied unit.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the reduced cost of the unit meant that the City now had the option of installing additional charging points around Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“Because the installation of the electrical vehicle charging point cost significantly less than we anticipated, we can now look at other strategic locations around the City that we could install other charging points,” he said.
“The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is one of the founding members of the Cities Power Partnership, a coalition of local governments across Australia committed to tackling climate change, and we are continuing to look at ways we can become a cleaner, greener City.
“There is a growing network of electric car users in Australia, and they have indicated to us that they are keen to get out and explore in their vehicles, but they can only visit locations with charging points.
“It really is a case of ‘build it and they will come’.”
The electric charging point is located in front of the CBD Customer Service Centre, Shop 8-10 Market Arcade, Hannan Street, and is a free charging point.
The charging point will be available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be used by all types of electric vehicles.
An electric vehicle will arrive at the CBD Charging Point at 11am, Friday 8 December.