EV Expo in Bairnsdale

Full house for Bryce Gaton

First Published Environment Connect Winter Issue 23*

East Gippsland Shire Council Deputy Mayor Cr Arthur Allen proudly unveiled East Gippsland’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network in Bairnsdale on Saturday 20 May. The launch took place during Sunrise Rotary’s Electric Vehicle Expo, where attendees had the opportunity to explore a variety of electric vehicles and learn about the technology.

Council’s 50-kilowatt fast chargers have been operational since February, and in just two months, over 315 cars have used them, consuming 7,500 kWh of 100% renewable electricity. This not only demonstrates the success of the charging network but also highlights the environmental benefits, with a reduction of 2.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions so far. The expo showcased the increasing interest and support for electric vehicles in East Gippsland.

Presentations were given by industry experts on charging options for homes and businesses, addressing concerns and promoting the wider adoption of electric vehicles. Bryce Gaton, from EV Choice and The Driven, provided valuable insights into the industry’s latest developments and upcoming electric car models in Australia. Council sponsored Bryce’s attendance at the Expo and were pleased to see attendees gain a deeper understanding of the advantages and potential of electric vehicles as a new and sustainable mode of transport from this presentation.

Attendees also had the opportunity to test drive electric vehicles and speak to local EV owners, gaining a hands-on experience and further understanding of their features and benefits.

The launch of East Gippsland’s EV charging network and the Electric Vehicle Expo showcased the region’s commitment to sustainable transportation and encouraged the community to embrace electric vehicles for a cleaner future. East Gippsland Shire Council remains dedicated to advancing environmentally friendly initiatives and promoting the benefits of electric vehicles throughout the region, and would like to acknowledge Sunrise Rotary, volunteers, local businesses, the St Marys Parish Centre and the Gippsland Climate Change Network for making the event a success.

Note: In 2022 Australia’s transport sector made up 19% of Australia’s emissions. Council’s new charging stations offer a dual charging option and are powered by 100% renewable energy (as part of VECO), making them an environmentally friendly and a more sustainable transport option.

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