Head of Climate and Solid Waste, Jörn Scherzer, says the new charging stations will add to the six fast charging units already in place across Lower Hutt. Together these will create a charging network to facilitate “neighbourhood” travel by residents and other drivers from throughout the region.
“Fifty-six per cent of Lower Hutt’s carbon emissions come from transport, nationally it is 21 per cent,” says Jörn.
Chair of Climate Change and Sustainability Committee, Josh Briggs says in June 2018, the council set a goal of reducing emissions to zero by 2050 and a year later declared a climate emergency.
“Expanding the electric vehicle (EV) charging network will give people more confidence to invest in EVs, knowing the infrastructure is there to support them if they choose to go electric,” says Cr Briggs.
The project will cost $740,000 and 50 percent will be co-funded from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, which is administered by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority).
Charging stations are to be installed at eight locations across Lower Hutt, and the council will consult with the community on the placement of the charging stations at these locations.
- Stokes Valley Hub
- Ricoh Sports Centre
- Walter Nash Stadium
- Motutawa Avalon park
- Maungaraki shops
- Moera Library
- Seaview Marina
- Wainuiomata Hub.
This project complements the emergence of hyperchargers along highways. The council is working in partnership with Wellington City Council to create a network of chargers throughout the Wellington Region.
For more information:
- Lower Hutt City Council declared a climate emergency in June 2019
- Find out about council’s work on climate change
- Announcement about LEVC fund