A recharge and a coffee to go

City of Fremantle, Western Australia, continues to be a leader in sustainable transport installing new electric car charging points at Fremantle’s Cappuccino Strip car park.

The chair of the state branch of the Australian Electric Vehicles Association (AEVA), Richard Baird, said the new charging points would be greatly appreciated by the owners of electric cars.

“Most people charge at home overnight but when you’re out and about doing errands these charging points are fantastic.”

While the drivers will still have to pay for parking, charging their cars will be free.

Mayor, Brad Pettitt, said, “It’s all about sustainable transport and offering that mix. Our One Planet Strategy is focussed on either getting people out of cars, or if you’re going to be in a car then we’d like you to come down in an electric car.

“It’s actually a really important attractor and I think offering this service in a public car park with free charging will just see more and more people coming up and using it.”   

The City of Fremantle’s One Planet Strategy includes a commitment to encourage and enable the community to reduce carbon emissions from transport by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

The charging stations are just one of the environmentally friendly features of the new Cappuccino Strip car park, which was built using recycled road materials and also features solar lighting, storm water capture and water-wise native plants.