Electric vehicles (EVs) are actually not a new concept, they were being developed at the same time as our old friend the petrol engine. It is encouraging to see that Ballina Shire Council has decided to take on an EV as part of their fleet.
‘Electric vehicles are now at a price point where some models are less expensive than equivalent petrol cars when you take into account lifetime operating costs,’ said Ballina councillor Jeff Johnson.
Embracing the EV future, councillors at Ballina Shire Council unanimously supported the motion to get a least one EV for staff and that council consider ’setting aside one or two dedicated EV parking spots at the Council’s Cherry St administration building with associated EV charging capability’.
‘As a leader in our community, Council should be supporting the change process away from fossil fuels and this is an example of an initiative that can be made through existing budget expenditures,’ said Cr Johnson.
‘Council can encourage staff members and the broader community to go electric through dedicated parking spaces and charging stations in prominent areas. This doesn’t cost any additional funds besides some low cost charging stations and will have a positive impact on the uptake rate of EVs in our region and reduce fossil fuel usage.
‘We’ve already seen forward thinking local businesses like the Macadamia Castle on Hinterland Way install EV charging stations for their customers and it’s certainly time Ballina Council also provided this service at the Ballina Airport and other Council facilities’, Cr Johnson said.