EV uptake gains pace

Derek Higgins, Aimee Chapman and Frank Forster with Derek's fully electric Nissan LEAF at Newstead EnviroShop's EV charging station - one of a growing network around the state. Photo: Eve Lamb

Yandoit’s Derek Higgins regards getting an electric car as a no-brainer.
“The fact that I can charge it at home from an ordinary power point is number one,” he says.
“I’ve got solar panels so that’s free power.
“We’re not using coal-fired power, and it’s free power. It’s the sun. Why wouldn’t we use it?”
Derek says he can drive 280 km before he needs to recharge his fully electric 2019 Nissan LEAF.
He’s one of an increasing number of locals replacing their old fossil fuel driven vehicles with a new fully electric or hybrid vehicle.
He’s also among the increasing number of local EV drivers now using the public electric vehicle recharge station at Newstead’s EnviroShop.  Full story the Castlemaine Mail – Friday, January 17, 2020

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.