Port Vehicles go Electric

Electric vehicles support sustainable operations at Port of Newcastle.

One of four Hyandai Ioniq electric vehicles at the Wharf Road charging station.

Port of Newcastle has switched to fully-electric vehicles to achieve its sustainability goals.

The Port has deployed the first four Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicles, with the rest of the organisation’s vehicles to follow by the end of 2021 as suitable models become available.

Through a partnership with City of Newcastle, the Port is also sponsoring two electric vehicle charging stations located near its head office on Wharf Road.

The 22-kilowatt chargers – enabling four vehicles to be charged simultaneously – are the latest additions to the city’s network.

Port of Newcastle Chief Commercial Officer Simon Byrnes said partnerships were critical to achieving the Port’s diversification and sustainability goals.

It is a pleasure to partner with the City of Newcastle to help expand its electric vehicle charging network and promote renewable energy and sustainable transport options in the region,” Mr Byrnes said.

Switching to electric vehicles will save more than 48 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Port of Newcastle is serious about its commitment to the environment and creating a prosperous future for the communities it supports. Ultimately, we are striving to create a safe, sustainable and socially responsible Port for the future.”

Earlier this year, Port of Newcastle became the first port in Australia or New Zealand to be certified under the EcoPorts Port Environmental Review System (PERS), the global environmental and sustainability standard for the ports sector.

The Port is also offsetting historic and future emissions from its domestic and international flights, saving 208 tonnes of CO2 annually.

The new chargers will initially be free before user-pay fees are later introduced.