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City in the Media
City Introduces Environmentally Friendly Car Parking
29/12/2016 8:00:32 AM
The City of Joondalup has installed two car charging facilities in the Reid Promenade Multi-Storey Car Park, further cementing the facility’s reputation for ecological sustainability.
The wall mounted E-Station Circontrol Networked J1772 plug-in charging stations are certified for use with BMWi3, Holden Volt, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles.
The charging stations operate as part of the ChargeStar network, giving electric vehicle owners access to both the Reid Promenade Car Park charging station and all chargers along the RAC Electric Highway® to the South West.
Drivers must ‘tap on’, using a Charge Star card, to activate the charging station. Recharging is free, with charging time depending on the size of the battery pack (could range from four to eight hours).
Drivers who register on the ChargeStar network are issued a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) card, which enables access to the charging stations. The City can provide temporary access where a driver has not yet registered or has forgotten their card.
The Reid Promenade Car Park recently won the prestigious Parking Association of Australia Award for most outstanding new development.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the car charging stations were the latest in sustainable technologies to be found in City facilities.
“The City continues to set the standard for local government in environmental sustainability practices and the Reid Promenade car park charging stations are another example of our commitment to minimising the environmental footprint,” Mayor Pickard said.
“The City has worked to improve the eco-efficiency of its buildings and facilities by implementing environmentally sustainable design principles into the construction, renovation and retro-fitting of all building assets.
“The Reid Promenade Car Park was designed with a range of energy saving concepts and systems. Including solar panels, smart lighting with LED fixtures, harvesting of natural daylight and ventilation.
“The car park has been a wonderful addition to the Joondalup City Centre skyline and has helped to cater for the growing demand for parking in the City Centre, which will be even greater when we welcome 800 public servants from the departments of Water and Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority to nearby premises in 2019.”
Electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly, produce less CO2 emission and are cheaper to run than petrol/diesel vehicles, and when recharged from renewable electricity, they offer zero emissions driving with no reliance on our finite fossil fuels.
“The City has an important role to play in ensuring we put in place infrastructure, activities and services to minimise risks to the local environment,” Mayor Pickard said.
“The increasing popularity of electric vehicles means that we must continue to explore opportunities to embrace this technology and ensure that the Joondalup City Centre is prepared to cater for what will be a rising demand for charging outlets.
“The state-of-the-art Reid Promenade Car Park is the ideal location for the City’s first electric vehicle charge station and it will allow us to assess the viability of rolling out more stations across the City Centre.”
The RAC loaned an all electric Nissan Leaf to the City for a number of weeks, with the vehicle used daily by the Compliance and Regulatory Services team, visiting residents in local suburbs.
The vehicle travelled a total of 5244 kilometres, and the City acknowledges the support shown by the RAC in lending the vehicle for an extended period.