What's in the Strategy?
The Strategy comprises of a long-term vision and an Action Plan.
The Strategy focuses on catering for the future needs of electric vehicles for the Inner West community. It outlines a list of ambitions to be achieved over five years. The Strategy covers the following areas:
- Provision of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging facilities, both kerbside and in Council car parks
- Accommodating electric vehicle charging in new and existing developments
- Catering for the needs of residents who do not have off-street parking
- Catering for the needs of electric vehicle car share schemes
- Education and awareness initiatives to encourage electric vehicle uptake
The Action Plan outlines actions that will contribute to achieving the vision and goal of the Electric Vehicles Encouragement Strategy. The Action Plan comprises of three principles. Each principle is underpinned by a list of actions. The three principles are:
- Public charging
- Private charging
- Incentives and encouragements
Electric Vehicle Encouragement Strategy
Action Plan details
Principle One - Public charging
Council works with charging providers to develop pilot programs to initiate the phased-in provision of charging facilities in each of Council’s public off-street parking areas. These programs should aim at providing a minimum of 2 bays (1 charging unit) dedicated to electric vehicle charging in each off-street parking area that has 20 or more car spaces.
The programs should be designed in a manner which rolls out additional electric vehicle charging spaces each year based on a combination of current usage and anticipated growth of demand. Ultimately, these programs should also include the provision of electric vehicle charging adjacent to other Council facilities (eg community centres).
Council works with charging providers to develop pilot programs to initiate the phased-in provision of kerbside charging facilities in areas where housing does not generally have driveways/off-street access (and consequently residents are unable to provide their own on-site charging facilities). NOTE - In order to do this Council should finalise a set of site selection criteria … see Appendix A for Draft Site Selection Criteria.
Public off-street charging facilities should use only renewable energy sources wherever practical.
Council should work with existing local service stations providers to include EV charging facilities in existing and new service stations.
EV charging units for cars should provide charging opportunities for the charging of electric micro-mobility devices (e.g., e-bikes and e-PMDs). Ultimately, Council should examine whether there is a sufficient demand to warrant the provision of charging facilities exclusively for E-bikes and other electric micro-mobility devices. If the analysis proves that sufficient demand exists, Council should establish micro-mobility charging hubs at key locations, where several e-bikes and PMDs can be simultaneously charged.
Council should explore funding models, including Government Grants and private enterprise initiatives, for the provision of public electric vehicle charging stations, particularly options which are available to provide quality charging facilities, affordable for residents, employees, and visitors to the LGA while having no direct cost to Council
As part of Council’s future parking meter renewal and street furniture programs, a proportion the suitable assets should be capable of charging electric vehicles
Council should work with Ausgrid to ensure that, subject to the delivery of suitable lighting pole designs (e.g., recognising the local character including heritage considerations) at least 20% of new lighting poles in the Inner West LGA should be capable of accommodating EV charging units.
Council should develop a simple, equitable approval pathway for the establishment of public vehicle charging facilities (Noting that the State Government’s Infrastructure SEPP Already provides opportunities for an approval pathway- Appendix B)
Council should work with charging providers, and the community at large, to develop an enforcement regime to ensure that EVs do not overstay their charging time in designated spaces and that non-EVs do not use EV charging spaces with the incorporation of a public awareness campaign.
Principle Two - Private charging
a. All new car spaces for single dwellings, including alterations and additions, (where car spaces are permitted) should be provided as electric vehicle charging spaces (Level one or faster).
b. All car spaces to be provided for new dwelling house developments including alterations and additions (where car spaces are permitted) should be provided as electric vehicle charging spaces (Level one or faster) prior to occupation of the building or subdivision of the property whichever occurs first.
c. All new multi-unit residential developments should provide electric vehicle charging spaces (Level 1 or faster) for no less than 20% of all car spaces.
d. Parking spaces in new multi-unit residential developments should be future-proofed/EV Ready through the provision of conduits and cables to ALL car spaces to permit residents to readily add charging units to individual bays. Further, the development must be able to demonstrate that its proposed electrical infrastructure is sized to support a future scenario where 100% of all spaces are used for EV charging simultaneously.
e. All new multi-unit residential developments should provide electric vehicle charging spaces (Level 1 or faster) for no less than 10% of all visitor car spaces (or a minimum of 1 space if less than 10 visitor spaces are to be provided).
f. All new multi-dwelling residential developments shall provide ready-to-use charging points, in areas dedicated to bicycle parking, for no less than 50% of bicycle spaces.
a. All new non-residential developments should provide ready-to-use electric vehicle charging spaces (Level 3 or faster) for no less than 10% of all car spaces.
b. Parking spaces in new non-residential developments should be future-proofed/EV Ready3 through the provision of conduits and cables to 50% of all car spaces (to permit owners/tenants to readily add charging units to individual bays). Further, the development must be able to able to demonstrate that its proposed electrical infrastructure is sized to support a future scenario where at least 50% of all spaces are used for charging simultaneously.
c. All new non-residential developments should provide electric vehicle charging spaces (Level 3 or faster) for no less than 10% of all visitor car spaces.
d. All new non-residential developments shall provide ready-to-use charging points, in areas dedicated to bicycle parking, for no less than 25% of bicycle spaces.
Private developers should be encouraged to use renewable energy as the power sources for their electric vehicle charging wherever possible.
Council should work with car share providers, ride share providers and taxi companies (including peer-to-peer car share), to encourage the use of electric vehicles. This should include the development of a fast-track process for approval of charging facilities for such operations. Simultaneously, Council should work with carshare operators and charging providers to introduce ensure adequate provision of charging facilities for electric car share vehicles in the Inner West.
Council should develop a simple, equitable, approval pathway for the establishment of private electric vehicle charging facilities including a streamlined approval process for the assessment of retrofitted electric vehicle charging in existing developments.
Council should explore role in EV demand and asset management programs in conjunction with the State Government and grid managers (such as Ausgrid). This would include potential for Vehicle to Home (V2H), Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and Virtual Power Plants (VPP) asset management programs.
Council should explore opportunities to develop guidelines for the safe charging of EVs for residents who do not have off-street access or a nearby public charging unit.
Principle Three - Incentives and encouragements
Council should develop a community-based EV awareness and education campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of Electric Vehicle ownership. Such a campaign should include consideration of the overall benefits, including reduced noise, improve public health and enhanced local environment.
The awareness campaign could include incorporation into events such as its “Footprints Festival”, and creation of a “Spare the Air” day campaign.
Council should develop an “EV Tourism” promotion campaign through its Economic Development Team in which semi-regular electric vehicle special events are supported (e.g. featuring of EVs in Inner West Events such as EDGE). Such day tourism should include projects which foster better understanding of EVs (mythbusting), encouraging EV demonstration days (test drives) and general information sessions.
Council should examine opportunities to encourage the manufacturing of EVs and EV components, as well as conversion of classic cars to EV drives, in its various industrial areas, through refinements to land use zoning and/or Incentive schemes.
Council should continue to convert its fleet to EVs and so lead by example while at the same time assisting in growing the proportion of EVs in the used vehicle market (thus making EVs more readily affordable). The passenger fleet transition plan should also include opportunities for electric bikes/PMEVs, and consider the potential for Virtual Power Plants when this is supported by energy market rules.
Council should work with SSROC and adjacent Councils to develop a unified approach to the encouragement of EV uptake, possibly through the establishment of a sub-regional working group.
Such collaboration could include working with SSROC, the State Government and other Councils to encourage the use of electric public transport that uses renewable energy sources.
Council examines opportunities to work with organisations/companies to develop an EV Energy Asset Management System, possibly including development of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project using a combination of Council’s own vehicle fleet, EVs belonging to local businesses and new (or retrofitted) residential developments. To facilitate this Council should work with key stakeholders, including the Federal Government to explore opportunities to modify Australian Standard 4777 (or to develop a new stand-alone standard) to permit and encourage the development of energy asset management systems such as Vehicle to Grid (V2G), Vehicle to Home (V2H) and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) projects.
Should Council introduce fee-based resident parking scheme permits, a trial should be introduced where electric vehicles are provided with permits at a discounted rate.
To ensure equity and parity between EVs and ICEs, Council should advocate the State Government to discourage the introduction of a Road User Charge (RUC) for EVs,(including questioning the proposed nexus between the existing fuel excise and road maintenance expenditure). If an RUC is introduced for electric vehicles (as outlined in the NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy - 2027 or once 30% of new car sales are electric vehicles), Council Should advocate for this RUC to be applied to all vehicles (i.e. including ICEs) rather than presenting a split system. Simultaneously Council should advocate for national fuel efficiency standards to be applied to all motor vehicles.
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