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Australia: Electric car owners stay upbeat

Julia McDonald, president of the Canberra Electric Vehicle Association, plugs in an electric vehicle for charging. Photo: Graham Tidy

The electric car can still rule Canberra’s roads, enthusiasts believe, despite the setback to plans for a network of power points throughout the city.

The international company developing the network, Better Place, has announced that it is switching its strategic focus away from Australia, leaving the Canberra operation facing an uncertain future.

Electric car owner Julia McDonald, president of the Canberra Electric Vehicle Association, conceded the Better Place development was disappointing but said there were plenty of other options for Canberra motorists thinking of making the switch.
A Better Place recharge stations.

A Better Place recharge station. Photo: Shai Epstein

“It is a shame that we’re not going to see a battery-swap station arrive any time soon,” she said.

“But we still hope that it will come to Canberra.

”There are a quite a lot of recharging stations around Canberra and as far as electric vehicles go, you can recharge them at home.

“We in the association tend to say that we already have a basic electric car recharging network and it’s called the electricity grid.

“The car has a range of about 100 kilometres so even if you lived in Tuggeranong, you could do all your driving around for one day, then come home and recharge at night.”

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