Griffith Council in regional NSW is extending a deal with electric car maker Tesla to provide EV charging stations in the CBD.
The arrangement, which involves the installation of six Tesla charging stations, is designed to encourage EV tourism to the region and will come at no cost to Council.
The minimum ten year agreement will see Tesla cover all installation and maintenance costs, as well as paying rental for the car spaces. Connections to the electricity grid will also be in the name of Tesla.
Council says the initiative is in line with its Climate Change Resilience strategy.
Griffith City Council and Tesla first entered an agreement in 2020 which resulted in two charging stations being installed at the Griffith Visitor Information Centre car park.
Tesla has since approached Council with an offer of six more stations to be installed in the CBD.
Mayor Doug Curran said it’s hoped the new chargers will encourage more EV tourism in the city.
Residents are unlikely to use the charging station, he says, as EV owners tend to have their own charging infrastructure at their homes.
“Research shows that EV use in tourism positively impacts the environment and enhances sustainability for economic and social development,” he said in a statement.
“Those with electric cars can now have the confidence to place Griffith on their itineraries, assisting with growing our tourism market and injecting more funds into the local economy.”
Council endorsed the licensing agreement with Tesla earlier this month.
Tesla also has existing council sites in Bathurst and Goulburn.
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