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Byron is fully charged!

Over 50 people attended the popular Electric Vehicle Expo and launch of first NSW regional fast charge station on Saturday 18 February at Byron Bay Library.

With five Electric vehicles on display as well as information stalls providing information on e-bikes, zero emissions transport and renewable energy options, there were lots to see and learn.

“Electric vehicles are the future of transport and by Byron Shire Council providing a free fast charging station for everyone to use, we are helping to bring that future into the now.

“What could be easier than parking for free in a electric vehicle dedicated car park in the heart of Byron Bay, grabbing a chai as you wait for 30 mins for your car to charge from empty to full and feeling no guilt at all as you are running on renewable energy. Living the green dream,” Council Sustainability Officer, Sandi Middleton said.

This is a first for regional NSW to offer a zero emissions fast charge station for all types of electric vehicles and marks the beginning of the implementation of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Strategy – a collaborative multi-Council strategy to enable regional uptake of electric vehicles to business and the community.

In the spirit of ‘walking the walk’ and leading through action, Byron Shire Council is also currently trialling the use of an electric vehicle and hybrid for its parking officers and upgrading its vehicle fleet leasing options to incentivise hybrid vehicles.

A highlight of the day was the highly popular electric vehicle expo where people go to look at the range of cars now available.

Also well attended where the stalls such as Zero Emissions Byron, talking about how as a community we can create an plan to by 100% emissions free in relation to transport in ten years.

For more information about the charge station go to http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/events/2017/02/15/electric-vehicle-charging-station-launch-sat-18-february

Sandi Middleton with Mayor Simon Richardson

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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.