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Sydney council warns against draping power cords across streets to charge electric cars

A council on Sydney’s lower north shore is urging electric vehicle owners to use community-provided charging stations after pictures emerged suggesting some are opting to charge their cars using extension leads draped over trees and across footpaths.

Mosman Council has called on residents to use the available public fast charging stations after several photos emerged of cars being charged via extension leads connected to households several metres away.

“Connecting power to a vehicle by running cables across footpaths or other public spaces is potentially unsafe for the public,” a council spokeswoman said in a statement to 9News.com.au

Cars in Sydney charged with power cords draped from homes to the street.
Sydney residents charging electric vehicles with long extension cords. (2GB)

“Council encourages Mosman residents to use one of the electric vehicle fast charging stations in Mosman.

“Two new stations have recently been installed and will soon come online and we are also currently negotiating with private vendors to facilitate the potential installation of another two stations in Mosman (which would be five in total, plus Taronga Zoo has a charger).”

It comes as the number of electric vehicles grows across Sydney meaning local councils are looking to adapt quickly to provide charging stations.

Mosman Council introduces more electric vehicle chargers.
Mosman Council has urged residents to use public electric car chargers instead. (Mosman Council)

The spokeswoman said they are constantly monitoring the usage of public fast charging stations.

“Over the past month the existing charger has averaged 4.5 charging sessions a day which take just over half an hour, during which motorists can enjoy a coffee or shop at a nearby business, indicating remaining additional capacity,” the spokeswoman said.

Two days ago the council announced that two electric vehicle fast charging stations were due to come online at the Raglan Street West car park in Mosman Junction.

Shortly after Mosman Council issued its warning about riskily charging electric vehicles outside homes, Ausgrid also posted a caution on Twitter.

“Never use extension cords or run power cables through trees, over sidewalks or driveways when charging your EV,” Ausgrid said.

“Don’t put yourself and your community near an electrical hazard that could be easily avoided.

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“Always park as close as possible to your EV charger at home or use one of the 19 JOLT EV chargers located across Sydney.”

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