Canberra to become Australia’s first electric recharge city

In another story on Canberra this week, it has been announced that our capital will become the first Australian city and only the third in the world to support electric cars, with an international company pledging to establish recharge points in the capital’s homes, workplaces and shopping centres within three years.

The company facilitating the installation, sustainable transport company Better Place, said it would begin work on establishing plug-in points and automated battery ”swap ‘n’ go” across Canberra in 2011, with completion of a basic network within 12 months.

There would be sufficient infrastructure in place from the outset to accommodate the early uptake of electric vehicles. He said Canberra had been chosen as the starting point in Australia because of its size, high motor vehicle use, and because it had the highest proportion of garage parking and two-car households.

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