The common thread connecting all levels of government is the need to look forward and create a strategic plan for the future.
For federal, state and local government agencies, it’s a sustained and demanding job.
The complex considerations of future-proofing infrastructure, the environment, industry, business, finance, defence, health, media and the arts, to name just a few, are almost endless. Therefore, with the rapid uptake of electric vehicles, creating policy for electric personal, public and commercial transport is a challenge in this new and dynamic world of driving technology.
Certainly, electric vehicles, once the domain of enthusiasts and tech-heads, are becoming mainstream. New EVs are hitting the Australian market and in New Zealand the uptake has been rapid thanks to clean power (over 80% of all NZ energy is renewable), government incentives and a shorter average commuting distance than Australians.
Why should governments lead the way with electric vehicles?
The popularity of EVs in both countries is also driven by environmental concerns, as well as financial ones. In addition, as the technology improves and prices enter the ‘family-budget-friendly’ range, we reckon the uptake of EVs will grow well beyond estimated numbers.
Traditionally, local Councils have led the charge (no pun intended!) on providing charging points for local residents. However, thought also needs to be given to the often detailed process of Councillor proposal, approval and budgeting.
It’s important for LGAs to be thinking about EV charge points now just to keep pace with shopping centres and other local customer-facing businesses. Glen Innes Severn Council did just that; click here for more details.
EVolution Australia has worked with a number of government agencies to design, install and monitor EV charge points. Above all, our understanding of the EV world means we’re perfectly positioned to help government planning and infrastructure agencies future-proof their EV charging.