Fast charge station for the ‘maine

Electric vehicle owners Marie Jones and John Ellis with their new Nissan Leaf EV check out Castlemaine's new fast charge station which has been installed in recent days. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

Castlemaine finally has it’s own public electric vehicle fast charge station in a move positioning the town in a prime strategic stop on the state’s expanding road map of charge stations.
The new Tritium fast charge station was installed last Saturday in the car park behind the town’s Market Building and Visitor Information Centre, and has quickly been being put to good use by the growing number of EV drivers.
Among them new Nissan Leaf owners, Chewton’s John Ellis and Marie Jones this week tried out the new charger and were quick to give it their personal stamp of approval.
“I think this is brilliant,” said Ms Jones. “It’s so local and central and is also helping to normalise the uptake of electric vehicles.”
Mr Ellis said getting an EV was something he’d been contemplating for a long time before finally making the purchase in recent months.
“We’ve got a (solar powered) charge station at home, but certainly this new charge station will be handy for shopping,” he said.
Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance executive officer Rob Law said the new tritium fast charge station will cost EV users 40c/kwh to use to charge up.
“The charger will be 100 per cent renewable electricity from first of January 2022,” he said.
“The charger has two plugs and allows two cars to charge at the same time. It’s not yet set up for two cars at once but hopefully in the next two weeks (it will be),” Mr Law told the Mail this week.
“At 75 kilowatts, it’s one of the fastest ones on the whole Charging the Region’s network,” Mr Law said. Read more in today’s Mail…

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.