In environments with limited resources, local authorities may find it beneficial to strategically place public charging stations where there is the greatest demand, such as:

  • In areas where residents lack off-street parking for home-charging
  • For individuals who require daytime charging without going back to a home base or depot, such as business vehicles or taxis
  • At high-traffic destinations like park-and-ride facilities or train stations, where travellers may need to recharge after extensive travel
  • Along routes, drivers merely pass through but need to recharge to proceed with their journey.

While some motorists may ‘top-up’ their vehicle’s battery at public stations while doing extended activities like shopping, this is generally not their primary charging method due to cost considerations.

Once the target users and critical locations have been identified, the local authority can decide on the appropriate mix of slow, fast, and rapid charging stations. Slow or fast chargers are typically sufficient for places where vehicles will be parked for extended periods or overnight.

While electric vehicles (EVs) offer an environmentally friendlier option, they still contribute to traffic congestion. Many local governments and businesses are striving to minimise personal vehicle usage. Therefore, local councils need to integrate EVs and their charging infrastructure into a comprehensive and sustainable mobility plan that promotes walking, cycling, carpooling, and public transit.

Additionally, local governments should consider the unique challenges rural areas present, such as increased ‘range anxiety’ due to the greater distances between charging stations.

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