FOUR fast charging bays have been installed in the Fraser St Carpark (Shepparton Mall) and the McLennan St Carpark (Centre Median) in a bid to support the shift towards low and zero emission vehicles.
The Shepparton charging bay is now in operation and Mooroopna one will be completed shortly.
The charging bays will be easily identifiable and there will be a 90-minute parking time limit to minimise all day use.
The 50kW fast charging bays can only be used by electric vehicles and they must be charging at the time of parking. Petrol and diesel vehicles cannot park in EV bays, inspectors will increase patrols at these locations to assist fossil-fuel motorists in understanding correct usage.
EV drivers will pay 40c/kw for the electricity they use within their time limit, payment will be paid through the Evie Charging app.
Greater Shepparton City Council want to encourage the uptake in using electric vehicles and welcome more EV drivers to the region, once Victorian COVID-19 restrictions ease further. The charging bays will encourage visitors to stop and spend some additional time within the region including new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) which has four charging bays.
Belstack Strawberry Farm in Kialla West have also installed a 7kw Type 2 charger after being awarded $4544.75 from Councils Stage 2 COVID-19 recovery package, Visitor Economy Recovery Grant. The charger bays are available between 10am-5pm, seven days a week, between October and May.