Electric vehicles welcome in the Upper Hunter.
By Maurice Collison, Mayor.
It was pretty exciting to be part of officially opening an NRMA electric vehicle (EV) fast charger right in the centre of Scone CBD, the first to be installed in the Upper Hunter Shire.
At right, NRMA electric vehicle chargers. Visit map.
This is a jointly funded project between Transport for NSW and the NRMA and they chose the town while Upper Hunter Shire Council provided the land.
This new charger should encourage locals to consider getting an electric vehicle and attract EV-owning visitors from the city. For most electric vehicles an 80% charge takes about 40 minutes using the NRMA fast chargers. Feel free to grab coffee and a bite to eat or browse our local stores while you’re waiting.
The charger is behind Campbell’s Corner and it’s a short walk down Kelly Street to the Visitor Information Centre, opposite the delightful Elizabeth Park (get a selfie with the mare and foal statue), where you can pick maps, brochures, and local tips on Glenbawn Dam, Burning Mountain, historic Merriwa to the west, artsy and crafty Murrurundi, the extraordinary Barrington Tops and all the pubs, cafes, nature and heritage architecture in between. The open road is calling you on a driving holiday.
Next chargers to our north are Tamworth and Gunnedah and to our south, Pokolbin and Wallsend. Drivers of EVs are able to drive no more than 150km without having access to a charger and I can say from experience you don’t need the anxiety of worrying about running out of charge.
The Council car I drive for Mayoral duties is a hybrid – with electric on one side and petrol on the other – and I’m very impressed with this technology. Council is investigating getting more hybrid vehicles in the Council light vehicle fleet in the future. Unfortunately I think electronic bulldozers, graders, water carts, heavy trucks and excavators are a considerable way off. Never, say never.