First ChargePoint Station Available in Sydney

EV charging solutions provider ChargePoint, together with car sharing company GoGet debuted over the weekend the first charging station in Sydney, as part of a bigger roll out plan in Australia.

The new charge point, located at an EV parking space in Derby Place, Glebe, is a 15-amp, 240-volt outlet. According to GoAuto, the charge point will fully charge a converted plug-in Toyota Prius in three hours.

The outlet will be used by GoGet to charge its fleet of 14 such vehicles. After each charge, the Prius will have an electric operating range of 30 km (18.6 miles).  GoGet will charge those who share a plug-in Prius AU$7.10 an hour and 35 cents a kilometre, just as it does for the regular vehicle. The estimated usage of such a vehicle is 25 km (15.5 miles), meaning those using it will not need to tap into the fuel tank to get from point A to point B. According to GoGet's calculations, this would mean a full tank will last in a plug in Prius for some 2,500 km (1 553 miles).

ChargePoint Australia's chief executive says the Sydney station is the first of many to come. The company looks at expanding in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide by the end of 2010.

"The city is very interested and supportive of this project,"
Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore said according to

"I made a commitment last November at a climate change summit in Copenhagen that we would accelerate the introduction of electrical vehicles into Sydney and that we would deploy our first charging station in 2010."
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