Around May 2013 betterplace pulled out of Australian operations in an attempt to keep it’s parent company a float. This plan wasn’t overly great as the parent company still went bankrupt. http://www.smh.com.au/business/carbon-economy/how-better-place-got-lost-20130527-2n7gp.html this SMH article goes into a bit more depth, on why how and what’s to blame.
The real unfortunate thing is they put in quite a bit of infrastructure, with their own money and through government support through smart grid smarty city funding and now it’s being removed or unusable.
Below is pictures from at the Morisset Level 3 Charger, before and after removal.
The good news for the Level 3 fast chargers is that schneider electric have taken possession of these units back (they originally provided them) and at least they will be resold and not placed on the scrap heap.
It also appears it’s not just the level 3 but the level 2 after noticing a local shopping centre was adversing EV charging on there facebook page I emailed them to sadly only get this reply
Good morning Gabriel
Regarding your query about our Electric Car Charges, we did have charging areas however these have recently been removed from our Centre.
Retail | Office | Industrial
Stockland Jesmond & Wallsend
28 Blue Gum Road, Jesmond NSW 2299
T +61 2 4955 9249 M +61 438 266 707
F +61 2 4955 8014 E firstname.lastname@example.org
BeGreen… and consider the environment before printing this email
So while I’m working madly to try and increase the amount of EV chargers in my area they are being removed at a faster rate that I can convince people to put them in.