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PlugShare reviews are highlighting Warwick on the EV map

11 October 2019

The new electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations were launched in Warwick less than a month ago, but they have already put the Southern Downs on the EV map as an accessible tourist destination and drawing visitors to the region.

Reviews from EV enthusiasts on the popular App “PlugShare” have hailed the recently installed chargers as a welcomed addition to the EV map.

Southern Downs Regional Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and Tourism Rod Kelly said that the charging stations opened yet another door for promoting tourism on the Southern Downs.

“New-age electric vehicle enthusiasts have been quick off the mark to add the Southern Downs to their travel plans,” said Cr Kelly.

“The location of the charging stations on Acacia Avenue was identified as a prime location given its access and proximity to Warwick’s town centre.

“While EV visitors are charging their cars, they have time to explore the Warwick CBD, retail shops, restaurants, cafes and tourist destinations in town.”

As part of its comprehensive partnership with Council, The University of Queensland installed two stations equipped with three bays for simultaneous charging of three vehicles, with the Brisbane-made Veefil 50kW fast charger and 22kW twin charger.

PlugShare is an online forum and location guide to electric vehicle charging stations across the world. Recent comments on the PlugShare APP regarding the Warwick charging stations include:

Bernie’s Tesla Model S: “Thanks UQ and to City Council & Residents. Great initiative to bring tourists to town. Happily spent $100 on a lovely breakfast and a couple of knick-knacks.”

Tess Tesla 3’s Tesla Model 3: “We are so happy that the chargers are in Warwick.”

Gary’s BMW i3: “Great central location.”

Tess Tesla 3: “Very convenient rapid charge – and it’s free – thanks UQ and Southern Downs Council.”

adiete’s Nissan LEAF: “Thanks Southern Downs.”

Brad’s Tesla Model S: 80 km/hr charging with type 2 plugs. Thanks SDRC and UQ.”

The stations are located in the Acacia Avenue carpark behind Target Country with Council providing a lease for the land and access to existing electricity conduits.

For more information residents can contact council on 1300 697 372 or visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.

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