Electric vehicles in Gero
An overnight charge at home or a two-hour charge at a Jurien Bay service station is enough to power most electric cars for 450- 500km, according to electric car proponent Florian Popp.
He said electric cars only cost about $10 to “fill up” when charged at home.
“If you’ve got solar power, it’s free,” he said.
Rocks Arcade was filled with new all-electric cars at the beginning of November, , with representatives offering passers-by a chance to test drive a Renault, Nissan, Hyundai or Tesla.
Mr Popp is a director of Gemtek, the company that hosted the event.
He said the company sold some specialist electric cars, but its main focus was on providing charging stations for people to use away from home.
“The global auto industry has made the decision to go electric and fuel cell,” he said.
“All we can do is make sure the infrastructure goes in, otherwise we will be left behind.”
According to the website plugshare.com, Geraldton has several low-speed charging stations and the Mid West’s only high-speed (DC) station is at Caltex Jurien Bay.
Caltex Jurien manager Jarryd Destrang said it charged 60¢ a kilowatt, with most charges taking about two hours.
Gemtek managing director Edward Kestel said the company was keen to roll out a network of chargers to more places.
“On highways, we want DC chargers at least every 200km on the main highways, whereas AC chargers, we call destination chargers because people can plug them in and stay longer,” he said.
“Gemtek would like to put in a DC fast charger in Geraldton paid for by the City.”
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City had received no such request.
“There are a number of privately owned charging stations already in Geraldton and it is not ideal that council would compete with those, much in the same way we don’t supply petrol,” he said.
“In the medium to longer term, electric vehicles are the future of transportation in Geraldton with abundant wind and solar energy.
“It will position itself to be a leader in the delivery of renewable energy, of which EVs form just one small part.”
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