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, this job is sustained and demanding.
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. And, with the rapid uptake of electric vehicles in both New Zealand and Australia, creating policy for EV charging networks and personal, public and commercial transport is a challenge in this new and dynamic world of driving technology.
The simple fact is that electric vehicles, once the domain of enthusiasts and tech-heads, are becoming mainstream. Nine new EVs will hit the Australian market in 2019 and in New Zealand the uptake has been even more rapid thanks to easy access to renewable energy (over 80% of all NZ power is supplied from renewable sources), government incentives and a shorter average commuting distance than Australians.
The popularity of EVs in both countries is also driven by environmental considerations as well as financial ones. And, as the technology improves and prices enter the ‘family-budget-friendly’ range, here at EVolution Australia we reckon the uptake of EVs will accelerate well beyond estimated ownership projections.
Traditionally, local Councils have led the charge (no pun intended!) on providing charging points for residents of their municipalities. However, given the need for 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 Councils to plan, design, install and maintain electric vehicle charge points. By understanding the EV world and how rapidly it will expand over coming years, we are perfectly positioned to help Councils, state and federal government planning and infrastructure agencies to future-proof their EV charging networks.