Two free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at Ripley Town Centre.
Two free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at Ripley Town Centre.

Boom suburb welcomes first electric car charging stations

TWO free-to-use electric car charging stations have been installed in a developing suburb on Ipswich’s outskirts.

The stations are the first to be installed in boom town Ripley and stand to improve the viability of an eco-friendly alternative to petrol-run cars for the town’s growing population.

The 22-kilowatt charging stations are partly powered by solar panelling and are equipped with universal ports compatible with all electric vehicles.

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An hour of charge can provide 120 kilometres of travel.

Located on suburb’s main street, the charging stations are positioned near Ripley Vet and Little Piggy Cafe.

Two free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at Ripley Town Centre.
Two free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at Ripley Town Centre.

Japanese property developer and home builder behind hundreds of new Ripley homes Sekisui House said it aimed to reduce the suburb’s carbon footprint while preparing for future growth.

Sekisui House Australia Project Director Taku Hashimoto said the charging stations would meet the needs of the community.

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“We’ve seen a steady increase in electric vehicles in the area, and our intent and responsibility is to ensure we continue to provide the right infrastructure as the needs of the community change,” Mr Hashimoto said.

“This is also in line with our ongoing commitment to sustainability — introducing initiatives and infrastructure throughout Ripley Town Centre to lessen the community’s impact on the environment.”

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