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MEDIA RELEASE - 22 March 2021

Clean, green petrol station of the future comes to Port Melbourne

Victorian Energy Minister launches Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Hub

Recognising electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of road transport, Global Electric Transport (GET) was thrilled to welcome Victorian Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, to launch its new user-pay Commercial EV Charging Hub.

The Hub at 30 Prohasky Street, Port Melbourne comprises seven of the latest semi-fast charging GET electric vehicle chargers and is conveniently located in one of the fastest growing parts of Melbourne, and future home to 80,000 new residents in the Fishermans Bend residential and business precinct.

GET is a leading supplier and installer of EV charging stations for residential and commercial applications. It built the Hub for the growing number of drivers who cannot access a reliable and convenient way to charge their EV.

"People living in high-density apartment towers, townhouses and strata buildings with limited off-street parking really are starved for choice because they have very limited ability to charge their vehicle from their own home," said GET Director and Founder Srecko Lorbek.

"Few existing apartment towers have EV chargers, and if they do they are limited to only one or two, making it difficult for the growing number of EV drivers to reliably charge their cars. So, we decided to build our own user-pay Charging Hub so that drivers can charge their EV any time of the day or night in a safe and secure environment. As the world rapidly accelerates towards EVs, the Hub is the petrol station of the future."

Australian EV sales have doubled so far in 2021 with February data reporting 558 EV sales in January and February, up 105.1% on the same period last year, excluding Tesla sales which aren’t included in official data.

The GET Hub launch comes hot on the heels of the world’s leading car manufacturers bringing forward plans to exit petrol and diesel engine vehicle production, forced by shifts in government policy. Since January, General Motors, Ford, Jaguar, Volvo, Aston Martin, McLaren, Maserati, and other leading manufacturers have publicly committed to ending petrol and diesel car production within a decade or sooner, with new model EVs being released every week.

"Such a rapid exodus from petrol and diesel underscores the need for urgently expanding EV charging infrastructure, especially as governments and other large fleet buyers go electric," GET CEO Harry Hamann said.

"While conventional wisdom may be that consumers will lead the transition, the reality is that the car makers are leading change by phasing out production of fossil fuel powered cars, vans and light commercial delivery vehicles. By 2030, new car buyers will have little choice other than to buy electric."

Srecko Lorbek thanked Minister D’Ambrosio and the Victorian Government for supporting the proliferation of electric vehicles with charging infrastructure.

"The Victorian Government is moving in the right direction by recognising internal combustible engine (ICE) vehicles are on the way out and developing public policy and infrastructure to support EV drivers," he said. "They are also ahead of the curve by anticipating the need for EV drivers to contribute to road maintenance, and whilst the timing of that is a matter for government we support their leadership in advancing discussion and debate."

 

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