'Let's not dawdle
Call for parks
to be provided with chargers for new age of EVs
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TRAVELLERS have supported a call from the
nation's peak caravan industry body for the Federal Government to help
holiday parks provide electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
The Caravan Industry
Association of Australia has acknowledged the Federal
Government's Future Fuel Fund, whose first
funding round will see over 400 public fast charging stations for EVs
rolled out nationwide.
But it wants to see caravan
parks included in the funding.
Traveller Simon Lapwood said the new age of EVs was fast approaching and
there would be a need for more chargers, including at RV parks.
"Let's not dawdle on this," he told Caravanning News. "Electric
cars are becoming very popular. Now is the time to move into top
gear and prepare for a flood of the new
generation of vehicles."
And grey nomad Allan Lowne, who is on his second lap of Australia with his
Nissan Navara hauling a New Age caravan, agreed.
"While we do not use too many parks because of the expense, I think it
would be great for caravanners to be able to fuel up during their stay and
before setting off on the day's travel," he said.
Their comments came after the
Caravan Industry Association of Australia highlighted
that more needed to be done outside urban
Australia to help regional tourism operators connect with EV users.
"Drive tourism accounts for 75 percent of all tourism in regional areas,
charging infrastructure and activating the accommodation sector to install
charging points will be crucial to help a long-term regional tourism
recovery," chairman Stuart Lamont said.
The association is calling for a matched grants scheme for caravan parks
and other regional accommodation providers to invest in charging stations
suitable to charge all types of electric vehicles.
It is estimated that a $3 million investment from the government would
provide an additional 2000 chargers across 1000 caravan parks in regional
"Caravan parks around Australia are ideally placed, and sometimes the only
accommodations in region, to provide EV charging points to travellers," Mr
"We know that EV owners base their road trip holidays on where they can
charge their vehicle."
The lack of travel in the past two years has reduced caravan park revenue
by $200 million, leaving many companies without capital to invest in
upgrades to infrastructure.
Mr Lamont argues this is how the government can assist in a longer-term
rebuild of regional tourism following a devastating 20-months, as well as
help ease the transition to EVs for regional communities dependent on
"Regional tourism's biggest barrier is access, and with 2000 caravan parks
around Australia, all with the space to add EV chargers, the government
should utilise this."
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