A new electric vehicle charging station at Bondi is heralding in a new beach experience – as you recline on the
sand soaking up the UV, your car can be charging on the promenade.

The new facility was launched by Waverley Mayor John Wakefield, who said: “We deliberately put it in a prime
spot, or as prime as you can make it.”

It’s all about “destination charging,” according to Anthony Weinberg, Regional Environment Program
Coordinator at Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils.

“It’s for people who want to spend a couple of hours somewhere like the beach or shopping centre,” said Mr Weinberg at the launch.

The Bondi charging station is one of a network at being rolled out in the eastern suburbs by Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils.

Of the three councils, Randwick is the leader in meeting electric vehicle charging needs and Mayor Wakefield said
it had more stations than Woollahra and Waverley combined.

But few people could be more passionate than Mayor Wakefield about the benefits of electric vehicles against
the backdrop of climate change.

“The debate has been won,” he said. “The population as a whole accepts the notion of climate change.”

Mayor Wakefield believes the uptake of electric vehicles will be greater than is being currently predicted, saying the
forecast of 50 per cent by 2040 was “very conservative.”

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