Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Electric Car Charging Station in Sydney

ChargePoint Australia electric car charging point in Glebe SydneyWhat is claimed to be Australia's first on-street electric car re-charging station has been opened in Sydney. This is being used by a Plugin Hybrid Prius from the GoGet car share scheme. The charger is supplied by ChargePoint Australia.

With current technology a charging station cannot be used like a petrol station, as the charging takes hours, not minutes. The combination of a share car and charging station makes sense as the share cars are parked at reserved parking spaces when not in use. They could therefore be left to charge for extended periods. However, it is not clear if the charging cable is secure enough to be left plugged into the car and unattended.

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