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Vic Government Launches Free Public EV Charging Hub In Moreland Photo:
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Tony O'Kane | Jul, 22 2013 | 1 Comment

The Victorian Govenement has opened an electric vehicle charging hub in Melbourne's inner North, which will be free to use by electric vehicle owners for at least the next 12 months.

Built as part of the Victorian EV Trial, the charging hub is located in Coburg at the Moreland City Council office and features one fast-charger and two regular charging points, all supplied by ChargePoint.

The fast-charger is capable of restoring a battery from nearly zero capacity to over 80 percent capacity in around 30 minutes, rather than the usual eight hours required by a charger supplied at mains voltage.

“The Coalition Government is proud to have funded the $38,000 fast-charger included in the hub, which allows an EV to be charged in around 30 minutes instead of overnight," said the Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Roads, Terry Mulder.

“This facility is another milestone in Victoria’s evolving EV charging network and an important step towards the State’s sustainable transport future,” Mr Mulder said.

“This project is a great example of how the Electric Vehicle Trial is providing the foundations of an emerging marketplace for electric vehicles in Victoria and Australia."

A Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will also be parked at the charging hub, and will be available for rental through the GoGet car share scheme.

The creation of the charging hub has cost the government around $50,000, funded through the $5 million Electric Vehicle Trial. Due to its specialised hardware, the fast-charger accounted for $38,000 of that total.

There are currently 32 public charging points in Victoria.

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