Barunga’s charged up

TELSA: Barunga West Council CEO Andrew Cole stands where they hope to install to the new charging stations. Photo: Isabella Allen.
TELSA: Barunga West Council CEO Andrew Cole stands where they hope to install to the new charging stations. Photo: Isabella Allen.

The Barunga West Council have received two electric vehicle charging stations from Tesla and will have them installed before Christmas, in a hope to draw more tourists to the town. 

The idea for the stations was brought up by deputy Mayor Dean Dolling who questioned whether it would be possible to have them situated in Port Broughton due to the town falling within a 200 kilometre vicinity to Adelaide.

Many of the electric cars have a charge which lasts around 200 to 300 kilometres, so the coastal town is perfectly situation for a car to stop and recharge before either heading back to Adelaide or onward up the highway. 

Council’s CEO, Andrew Cole attended a forum on electric vehicles hosted by the Adelaide City Council which highlighted the increase in vehicles, allowing the council to make a justified decision. 

“It highlighted the increasing registration of electric vehicles, currently there is around 2,100 electric vehicles registered in South Australia and the average distance that they can travel on a charge is 200-300 kilometres”, Mr Cole said.  

“The batteries are certainly getting better and given that Port Broughton is within 170 kilometres of Adelaide and within the two hour range of travel from Adelaide, when looking at tourism aspects, we then moved the motion for council to investigate that.”

The council entered conversations with Tesla, who also gave charging stations to the Northern Areas Council and they were prepared to give the council two free charging stations, with the only costs incurred for council, being those for installation. 

Council will spend approximately $2,500 installing them in addition to $60 to $70 per recharge for a car, but believe that because the recharges will not be as frequent, they will not be out of pocket. 

One of the natures of the charging is you can’t make Telsa customers pay for the recharge so council would be subsidising the recharge

Andrew Cole

“The average battery size, if they are doing a full recharge is around 40 kilowatts and in the end it works out to around $60-$70 per recharge.”, Mr Cole said. 

Council’s hopes are to have the stations installed around their office building on Bay Street.

The council hope that the charging stations will be installed before the Christmas period.