BRIGHTON Council has installed its first electric vehicle charger in the Municipality.
The EV charger is now in the Council car park and its use during business hours is free to all Municipality residents.
The charger was funded by a grant under the Tasmanian Government’s Electric Vehicle ChargeSmart Destination Charging Program.
Council’s senior project engineer Callum Pearce-Rasmussen (below) said the install was undertaken to align with Brighton Council’s Climate Change and Resilience Strategy adopted by Council last year
The charger specifically addresses the strategy’s objectives of supporting the community and providing services that help reduce emissions and promoting and engaging with markets, technologies and institutions that adapt to and/or mitigate climate change.
“The next step for Council will be to investigate electric vehicles suitable for our fleet which will further reduce the Council’s carbon footprint.
“We are continuing to look at a range of opportunities to implement carbon-reducing initiatives across the community, including tree planting partnerships with local businesses, helping install other fast-charging EV stations and installing solar panels on existing council assets,” Mr Pearce-Rasmussen said.