Bathurst has taken a step forward in planning for the future of sustainable transport with the first permanent Tesla Supercharger station opening in the CBD yesterday.
The new station features six Tesla Supercharger bays and a port provided by the NRMA as part of their statewide rollout of electric vehicle fast-charging stations.
Situated next to the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, the new station is expected to replace the temporary two-bay station behind the old TAFE building.
Mayor Graeme Hanger said the opening of the new station is an exciting thing for the Bathurst community.
"This is the beginning of a new era for the incorporation of modern technology in the Central West," Mr Hanger said.
"Bathurst Regional Council has been working closely with Tesla to devise an ideal location for the station, and the information centre was ideal on the basis of it being a key point of interest for tourists."
The new station is part of Bathurst's push to become a Smart City; a community open to embracing technological advances in order to drive innovation.
Mr Hanger said the new station would give electric vehicle owners more of an initiative to visit the Bathurst community.
"While there's only a minute amount of electric vehicles currently available in the market, that number is projected to increase," he said.
"As a key local government area in the Central West, we're ready to welcome tourists who are promoting a new era of transport."
Tesla Owners Club of Australia president Mark Tipping says the vehicle brand has kicked off the trend towards more sustainable methods of transport.
"Thanks to the success of Tesla in Australia, other manufacturers are starting to get on board with the production of electric vehicles," Mr Tipping said.
"Both major political parties have outlined plans to ensure 50 per cent of new car sales by 2030 are electric, so it's going to happen with or without incentives."
With the cost of electric vehicles serving as a key topic of debate, Mr Tipping said the favorable running costs outweigh the often expensive buy-in prices.
"I have clocked up 200,000 kilometres in my Tesla Model S and so far, the charging has cost me around $4500 in total," he said.
The Bathurst Community Climate Action Network [BCCAN] also welcomed the introduction of the new Supercharger station, calling it a positive step forward for transport.
"We're very excited about the promotion of electric vehicles in our region as a more ecologically sustainable means of transport," BCCAN president Jack Fry said.