Your EV charging facilities are also open to the public - how do you manage this and what has been the feedback from Moreland residents?
Our public EV charging infrastructure is owned and operated by Council on Council land and comprises nine Level 2 stations and five DC fast charging stations.
All of our stations are Type 2 or CCS2 and are permanently tethered for ease of use and free to use with time restrictions. The stations are managed under the Chargefox network.
Feedback from network users is incredibly positive. Being an early adopter in this space has provided us with an enviable reputation as a leader in demonstrating and promoting the transition to zero emission vehicles.
What were your top priorities when selecting an EV model for your fleet and what was your process to assess the models on the market?
Our light vehicle policy follows a ‘stage gate’ process that we implement during procurement.
Firstly, the vehicle must first be fit for purpose, that is it must meet the specific requirements of the role it will be used for. Following this, it must meet minimum safety standards – 5 star ANCAP for passenger vehicles and 4 star for light commercial.
The third stage gate is emissions. It must be zero emissions in the first instance where if an entry level zero emissions vehicle is available that meets the first two stage gates it must be purchased irrespective of purchase price.
Where a zero emissions vehicle is not available, for passenger vehicles we preference those that are no more than 100gms CO₂/km as per the Green Vehicle Guide, and the lowest CO₂ emissions at the time of purchase for light commercial vehicles. Diesel passenger vehicles are banned.
What has been your biggest challenge to date in integrating EVs and their infrastructure into your fleet?
While there was some internal resistance to the transition to zero emissions vehicles initially, the introduction of the Council mandate and the establishment of policies and procedures were critical for the push towards a cleaner fleet gaining momentum.