Mildura Rural City Council and Evie Networks have secured $2.9 million through the Victorian Government’s Destination Charging Across Victoria Program, which will see a fourth public EV fast charger installed in the region by July next year.
Council says the new charger will be installed in the Pine Avenue car park between Eighth and Ninth Streets.
It says the new addition will position Mildura as one of the most EV-friendly cities in Victoria. All EV chargers on the Evie network are powered by 100% renewable energy.
Councillor for Environment and Sustainability, Jason Modica said adding more public fast chargers would make the municipality more attractive and accessible for EV tourists.
“By making our region a more attractive proposition for those with EV vehicles, we’re opening the way for a whole sector of tourists who may not currently be driving through or staying in our region,” Cr Modica said.
“It will also encourage more locals to make the switch to EVs as well.”
Adelaide-based EV owner, David Cann, who recently visited Mildura, said his road trips were always based around where he can charge his vehicle.
“EV tourism is a real thing, and I know through the large network of EV drivers that they go where the chargers are,” Mr Cann said.
There are already two public fast chargers in Mildura, in the Orange Avenue car park between Ninth and Tenth Streets. The other active fast charger in the region is in the Ouyen Community Park, which was installed as part of the Victorian Government funded Charging the Regions project.
Users will be charged 40 cents per kilowatt hour for power consumed.