The City of Ryde introduced two 100% electric vehicles (EVs) and accompanying charging stations into its fleet in April 2020 as the first step in transitioning away from fuel-based cars. It is a long-term, sustainable and cost-effective investment with significantly lower fuel and maintenance costs.
This initiative builds on Council’s efforts to reduce its own carbon footprint as part of our commitment towards becoming Net Zero Emissions by 2050. The project also supports Council’s pledge under the Cities Power Partnership program towards encouraging sustainable transport use.
The charging stations for the new EVs will be powered by solar energy generated at a Council facility to ensure the process is renewably sourced. This means both EVs will have zero emissions produced from their use and fuel source compared to more than one tonne of carbon emissions that their fuel-based versions would produce per year combined.
Council intends to roll out public EV charging stations in the near future that will complement existing community charging locations at key spots across the local government area.
You can learn about EVs by watching our free webinar on EV technology and charging solutions below. More information about EV charging solutions on our Electric Vehicle Charging page.
ChargedUp: Electric Vehicles Webinar
Evan Darmanin is the Director and Principal Consultant of ChargeWorks, an independent consultancy in solar PV, battery storage and EV charging. He is an EV driver and technologist dedicated to the latest developments in clean energy products and business models.
ChargeWorks has delivered consulting services and training courses in renewable energy technology and EV charging for local and state government agencies across NSW. Evan also currently teaches Foundations in Renewable Energy and Sustainability at the NSW TAFE (Ultimo Campus) as part of the Associate Degree of Applied Engineering (Renewable Energy Technologies).
Currently the EV Electrical Safety Trainer/Supervisor at the School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, Bryce has been building, driving and writing about Electric Vehicles (EVs) since 2008 and in his most recent EV (a Hyundai Kona electric) has covered more than 20,000km—including multiple interstate trips. His interest in EVs comes in part from his desire to lead a low-environmental impact lifestyle.
He regularly writes on EV topics for TheDriven website and Renew magazine and on behalf of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) presents on EV issues and opportunities to government, business and community groups.
Bryce is the secretary of the Victorian branch of the AEVA, coordinator of AEVA's 2020 EV Vision event week (Sept 25 - October 3) and editor of EV News.
Brent Clark is the CEO and founder of energy consultancy, Wattblock. Wattblock has assisted apartment buildings housing over 60,000 residents with solar feasibility, energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging reports. Wattblock’s projects include working for Advance Queensland, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, and North Sydney, Mosman and Woollahra councils.
Brent specialises in breaking down the barriers to solar and specialises in EV charging for strata and apartment buildings.
Last updated on 12 August 2020