Electric car users could soon have more places to charge up their vehicles around Wollongong city.
Wollongong City Council will consider installing more charging stations on public land and introducing more hybrid vehicles into its fleet.
Councillors are expected to endorse the creation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on Public Land Policy at Monday's council meeting.
Two electric car enthusiasts have praised the move.
Tom Hunt, who has a Holden Vault and a Hyundai Kona, said the council should introduce more charge stations for tourists.
"After having travelled overseas in an electric car, I know the importance of having accessible charging stations for travellers," the Oak Flats resident said. "Most local residents will charge their car at home or work.
"Charging stations in shopping centres, near restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions are where most drivers will want them.
"Having charging stations in Wollongong would be good for people who come from Picton or the Southern Highlands."
There are five charging station sites available in Wollongong city but none are completely accessible on public land. These sites are at the University of Wollongong, the UOW Innovation Campus, Figtree Grove, the Wollongong Central Market Street parking station and Warrawong Plaza.
Horsley resident Tony Kent said Wollongong council was "lagging behind" other areas but it could catch up.
"The more electric cars sold, the more charging stations are installed," he said.
"It is great council is making an ecological push to get polluting cars off the road."
The council policy is expected to consider installing charging infrastructure in existing accessible parking locations to assist with the uptake of electric vehicles in the council area.
Council will need to consider the source of electricity used to charge the batteries.
The policy is in the early draft stages and will provide criteria for the provision, installation, management, maintenance and removal of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on public land.
The costs associated with installing rapid chargers are anywhere from $70,000 to $150,000 per unit, depending on site costs. The unit cost is about $35,000. Council will likely have a third party operator supply, install and manage charging stations.
The council has introduced hybrid vehicles in the light vehicle fleet because they have the lowest total emissions ratings of most other vehicles available. The council is currently trialling the recently released hybrid Toyota RAV4 with a view to introduce it into the fleet if the trial results are good.