Adelaide Airport has installed four electric vehicle charging stations on Level 2 of its multi-level car park, making it the first airport in Australia to provide electric vehicle charging stations for customers in its public car park.

Two of the stations are suitable for Tesla vehicles, while the other two stations are compatible with both plug-in hybrid vehicles and battery electric vehicles for brands such as BMW, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the charging stations will initially be available for free.

“We’re keen to gauge the interest in electric vehicle charging at the airport. We’ve decided to provide it free for the first 12 months, in which time we’ll assess demand and consider whether we install further units in the car park,” Mr Young said.

“Some of the electricity for these stations will be sourced from our solar installations on top of our car park and main terminal.

“It’s our understanding we’re the first airport in Australia to offer electric vehicle charging to customers in the public car park.”

Mr Young said Adelaide Airport has been a leader in sustainability and green initiatives over a number of years.

“This latest initiative complements our solar systems, use of recycled water and stormwater recovery.

“We’re also working with SA Water on an irrigation trial aimed at reducing the air temperature within the airport’s micro-climate.”

Adelaide Airport is utilising European-made Level 2 units, which can charge a fully depleted battery in four to six hours. Installation has been carried out by local SA company GELCOservices. All allocated parking bays for the charging stations are accessible for people with a disability.

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