Clarence City Council has plugged into Tasmania’s expanding electric highway with the installation of a public charging station for electric vehicles.

The electric vehicle charging station – located in the Clarence City Council car park at 38 Bligh Street, Rosny Park – is now officially open and ready for public use.

Accessed through the Chargefox app, it will be available for free charging for up to two hours for the first 12 months of operation, after which fees will apply.

The destination charging station adds to the already existing electric vehicle infrastructure network across Tasmania, which includes around 140 chargers and fast chargers.

City of Clarence Deputy Mayor Alderman Heather Chong said this electric vehicle charging station provided a valuable service to both residents and visitors to the municipality.

She said it was ideally located in the heart of the city, close to shopping, government services, and recreational activities.

“This new charging station is a great addition to our evolving city and will hopefully encourage more people to get on board with new and emerging technologies such as low-carbon electric vehicle transport,” she said.

“This particular destination charger is suitable for charging vehicles over one to two hours while drivers shop, exercise, or attend to business.

“Transport contributes around 76 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in our city and we can help reduce carbon emissions by decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel.

“And as a way of welcoming this new service, we are offering free charging to all users for the first 12 months.”

The electric vehicle charging space has been marked with green terrain paint and ample signs.

Charging instructions are available on the Chargefox website or via its helpdesk between 9am and 5pm on business days.

The electric vehicle charging station was funded by Clarence City Council with the assistance of a $2,500 grant from the Tasmanian Government.