EVs coming to a street near you

City of Mitcham, South Australia, has taken the first step in its pledge to transition away from petrol-powered vehicles with the purchase of two 100 percent electric cars. 

The two Hyundai Ioniq EVs will save Council around $2,000 in petrol each year and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to four tonnes of CO2e/ year – equivalent to the carbon captured by 66 trees.

The EVs are part of an emerging plan to replace Council’s fleet with electric vehicles, or other renewable fuel alternatives, by 2030.

The purchase reflects Council’s commitment to responding to the global climate crisis and helps to reach Council’s corporate goals set out under the City Power Partnership pledges.

Council has committed to installing four charging stations across the city, including two at Civic Centre public car park, one at Blackwood’s Gladstone Street car park and a site in the St Marys/Flinders precinct.

These 7kW AC fast charging stations with dual ports will be Open Charge Point Protocol compliant and will be free for public use, with the model to be reviewed after six months.

City of Mitcham Mayor, Dr Heather Holmes-Ross said it was hoped the purchase of the vehicles and charging stations would encourage staff and community to consider EVs when they purchase their next vehicle.

“We hope that by taking this step, we will send a clear message of support for electric vehicles in South Australia.

“I’m proud to be part of a council that is actively working towards saving money and the planet and leading the way when it comes to creating a sustainable future for its residents.” 

Other actions taken by Council in 2019/20 include the widespread installation of solar panels across Council-owned community centres, Mitcham Memorial Library, Civic Centre and depot, and nearly 5,000 street lights converted to LED.