NRMA plans for electric vehicles

A charging point.
A charging point.

There are four electric vehicles in the Shoalhaven, so demand for public charging stations is not exactly high.

However, the NRMA is looking to improve infrastructure, with a build it and they will come approach.

The motoring company has offered to build a charging facility at a park in Berry, and Shoalhaven City Council has embraced the offer.

There will be two charging ports, with the potential to expand, at the station planned for a park on the corner of Albany Street and Victoria Street, Berry.

The station is one of at least 40 electric vehicle charging stations the NRMA will introduce, at a cost of $10 million.

The NRMA will pay all installation and operating costs.

It will be free to use for NRMA members.

It’s identified as a fast-charging station, taking cars about half an hour to fully recharge.

Consultation has been undertaken with the Berry Forum, Berry Courthouse Committee, Berry Chamber of Commerce and Berry Showground Management Committee, and so far, the feedback has been positive.

At the most recent council meeting, a majority of councillors voted for in principle support for NRMA’s proposal.

It was also announced in June, through a partnership between Tesla and Stockland, a charging station will be implemented at Stockland Nowra.

There is a charging station at Silos Estate, Berry, the first of its kind in the Shoalhaven.

This will be the first fast-charging station.

A South Coast Register poll revealed the reasons locals have been apprehensive to buy an electric vehicle.

Lack of range and cost were major factors preventing readers from buying an electric car.

Next, was the lack of infrastructure to provide for electric car, and the time it takes to charge the cars.

Lack of consumer choice, the size of the vehicles and ideology were less popular reasons.

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