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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6036 ..


(1) When and where will electric vehicle charging points be available in the ACT and can the Minister provide a timeline for development and locations.

(2) When and where will battery swap stations be available that will allow ACT residents to make interstate trips in electric vehicles and can the Minister provide a timeline for development and locations.

(3) What involvement does the ACT Government have in selecting locations and the facilitation of construction for recharge points and battery swap stations.

(4) Will Better Place recharging infrastructure be compatible with all models of electric vehicles; if not, which models will it be compatible with.

(5) Is the ACT Government working with any companies apart from Better Place to deliver electric vehicle recharging infrastructure.

(6) What options currently exist in the ACT for recycling the batteries that are used in electric cars.

(7) Will Better Place recharging infrastructure accommodate standard vehicles that have been upgraded to electric vehicles.

(8) Can the Minister provide the number of ACT registered private passenger vehicles, both in numbers and as a percentage of all, that are/were (a) electric and (b) hybrid vehicles, for the last five years.

(9) Can the Minister provide the number of ACT Government fleet vehicles, both in numbers and as a percentage of all, that are/were (a) electric and (b) hybrid vehicles, for the last five years.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Electric vehicle charging stations are the electric vehicle equivalent of a petrol station. These will be provided by private industry.

One electric vehicle service provider, Better Place Australia, in July 2011 announced its foundation network of thirteen charging points in the ACT. These will be rolled out by them throughout 2011 and 2012.

(2) The ACT Government has no jurisdiction over the placement of interstate facilities. Placement will be a function of State decisions and industry investment. It should be noted that only a limited range of electric vehicles utilise the battery swap technology so coverage may be patchy depending upon the prevailing vehicle models sold in each jurisdiction.

(3) The ACT Government has not had involvement in selecting locations and the facilitation of construction for recharge points and battery swap stations. The ACT Government will be involved in the administration of planning regulations for recharge points and battery swap stations.

(4) I am advised that, for those who subscribe to use their services, Better Place will make arrangements that all electric vehicles can be recharged at their charging points.


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