Hunter Wetlands Centre offers free electric vehicle charger

SPARK: Gabriel and Kymberley Noronha of Recharging NSW with Tesla vehicle owner Michael Barwell, at the Hunter Wetlands Centre's EV charger. Picture: Simone De Peak

SPARK: Gabriel and Kymberley Noronha of Recharging NSW with Tesla vehicle owner Michael Barwell, at the Hunter Wetlands Centre's EV charger. Picture: Simone De Peak

HUNTER Wetlands Centre boss Stuart Blanch concedes the day hasn’t arrived when a Tesla driver can pull over and use the centre’s new electric vehicle charger as casually as a petrol bowser.

But it mightn’t be far off, he says.

The Wetlands’ free EV charger runs on renewable energy supplied through a grid – produced by wind and hydropower – as well as the centre’s own solar panels.

“We think we’re the first community group in the Hunter to put one of these in,” Mr Blanch said.

“It started from wanting to empower ordinary people in the community to do something to help the environment.”

The EV charger was bought from Thornton supplier Recharging NSW with a federal grant, which Mr Blanch credited Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon for securing.

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