Visionstream CEO Richard Kelleway charges an plug-in/ hybrid car at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Visionstream CEO Richard Kelleway charges an plug-in/ hybrid car at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Warren Lynam

Where electric car owners can charge vehicles for free

ELECTRIC car charging stations are popping up on the Coast with drivers set for up to 150 more as demand increases.

A section of 10 charging points servicing up to 20 parking bays for the new breed of vehicles was launched at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday by a touring team including representatives from ChargePoint and Hyundai.

ChargePoint Australia and New Zealand national manager Roy Unny said electric cars could be charged for free at most sites.

"ChargePoint is involved in the global roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure," Mr Unny said.

 

PLUGGED IN: Hyundai Australia northern region business sales manager Louise Andrews plugs in a new electric model at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
PLUGGED IN: Hyundai Australia northern region business sales manager Louise Andrews plugs in a new electric model at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Warren Lynam

He said the hospital site was designed to eventually hold 180 electrical charging bays.

"We also have a charging location at Aura, with Stockland for their development."

Does the Sunshine Coast need more electric car charging bays?

This poll ended on 15 August 2017.

Current Results

Yes, it will prepare the region for the future.

82%

No, there's not enough demand for it yet.

8%

The parks should be for everyone, not just those who can afford an electric car.

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


He said they were set up in places such as shopping centres and hospitals where users could remain occupied while they waited for up to a couple of hours for full charge.

"The significance of having electric vehicle charging infrastructure is to ensure that the uptake of electric vehicles is easy for anybody who makes the decision to buy an electric vehicle."

He said his company wanted to expand to other sites on the Sunshine Coast.

"Whether it be workplaces, shopping centres, at home or on the go."

 

A new electric model Hyundai Ioniq is unveiled at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
A new electric model Hyundai Ioniq is unveiled at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Warren Lynam

Hyundai Australia northern region business sales manager Louise Andrews took the opportunity to show off the only fully electric Hyundai car in Australia.

Miss Andrews said the Ioniq would be built in hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric models.

At least one of those variations is expected to be launched in Australia at the end of the year.



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