BATHURST is a step closer to having a permanent charging station for electric vehicles.
A Tesla supercharger was installed at the old TAFE building in late 2017 but it was only ever intended as a temporary station while another site was secured.
In a recent confidential meeting, Bathurst Regional Council voted to authorise general manager David Sherley to sign a licence agreement on behalf of council for a charging station at an unnamed council facility.
Council’s environmental, planning and building services director Neil Southorn told the Western Advocate earlier this year that the temporary Tesla charger had proved popular with motorists travelling in electric vehicles.
He said these people would have struggled to visit Bathurst without this technology being available.
“Many people are buying electric cars either for the driving experience they offer or as a way to reduce their impact on the environment,” he said.
“However, without the charging infrastructure in place, they are limited to travelling between charging stations along established electric vehicle 'highways'.
“The installation of the Tesla Supercharger in Bathurst is a good way to target a new and growing tourism audience which will allow Tesla owners to visit Bathurst and explore the region.
“In addition, the installation of the Supercharger strengthens the city’s reputation as a centre for innovation.”