As the electric vehicle (EV) revolution gains momentum in Australia, caravan park owners are presented with a unique opportunity to tap into a burgeoning market. Arthur Hunt, a passionate local and EV owner, believes that caravan parks equipped with EV charging stations will see a significant uptick in business.
As cited in a recent report by Capricorn Enterprise, new EV registrations in Australia have seen a marked increase, with numbers rising from 33,410 in 2022 to 50,000 by the end of July 2023. This surge in EV ownership has led to a growing demand for charging infrastructure, especially in tourist destinations.
Hunt suggests that the key to attracting EV tourists is the installation of low-level chargers or even simple external power points. Such facilities would ensure that tourists can confidently venture off the main highways, like the Bruce Highway, and explore the scenic Capricorn Coast without the fear of running out of charge.
Drawing a parallel from the past, Hunt recalls how motels once boosted bookings by offering amenities like STD phones, followed by wifi, and then free wifi. In a similar vein, he believes that motels and caravan parks that provide EV charging will attract more business in the coming years.
Maureen Ball, owner of the Beaudesert Tyre Store, echoes this sentiment. In an interview with CleanTechnica, Ball shared her enthusiasm for the EV trend and the potential business opportunity it presents. She recognized the need for charging infrastructure when she began seeing more electric cars in her community and passing through her store.
Further supporting the case for EV charging stations in caravan parks is the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) of South Australia’s recent initiative. As reported by Modern Campground, the RAA is expanding its EV charging network across South Australia. Several of these new charging sites are strategically located at RV parks and campgrounds, ensuring that EV owners have ample options to recharge while enjoying their vacation.
Andrew Howard, RAA’s EV Charging Program director, highlighted the rapid growth of the network. “With 25% of the network already completed as of May, the rollout of the RAA Charge network is well underway.”
The message is clear for caravan park owners: the future of tourism is electric. With the increasing number of EVs on Australian roads, the demand for charging stations at caravan parks is set to rise.
By catering to the needs of EV owners, caravan parks not only stand to attract a new customer base but also contribute to a more sustainable and green future.