EV charging expanded

EV charging stations are now operational in Kyneton, Lancefield and Macedon (Unsplash).

Three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now operational in Kyneton, Lancefield and Macedon expanding the existing network.

Macedon Ranges council said the new public charging stations were chosen to cater to demand or fill network gaps, and were funded by the Victorian Government’s Destination Charging Across Victoria program.

The new additions join stations in Woodend and Kyneton, bringing council a step closer to its goal of a charging station available for public use in all major townships throughout the shire.

Mayor Annette Death said an expansive, reliable network of EV charging stations across the shire was a priority project for council.

“We recognise a network of stations is critical to facilitating the transition to low-emissions vehicles for members of our community,” she said.

“[It] also helps to attract visitors to the region who drive electric vehicles and may plan their trips based on the availability of chargers.

“Our public charging station network now covers a significant portion of the shire, but we’ll continue to plan and advocate for funding of other locations including Gisborne, Malmsbury, Romsey and Riddells Creek.”

The stations further complement new council-use charging stations at Kyneton, Gisborne and Woodend offics, supporting the organisation’s transition to an all-EV passenger fleet as part of its Counting Down To Zero plan.

The plan outlines how council will reduce its carbon footprint across council-managed facilities and operations and reach zero net emissions by 2030.

Details: mrsc.vic.gov.au/EV