NRMA 'diesel-powered' electric car charging station in outback NT angers ... trends now
An electric-car charger in outback Australia has sparked outrage after footage emerged showing it was powered by a diesel generator.
The NRMA electric-car charging site is located in Erldunda, a pastoral lease that operates a cattle station 200km south of Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory.
However, footage of the electric port being run by a diesel generator was shared to Instagram last week alongside the caption 'make it make sense'.
'Look, it's an electric charger for an electric car – and right there, that is a diesel-powered generator, to run your electric charging point for your car,' the man filming can be heard saying.
'That generator runs 24 hours of the day, seven days a week. We're saving the planet - to charge your electric car!
The NRMA electric charging site is located Erldunda - a pastoral lease which operate a cattle station 200km south of Alice Springs, Northern Territory (left). However, a video showed a diesel generator powering the electric charging port sparked debate (right)
'Does it make a lot of sense to you? Because it doesn't make a lot of sense to me.'
Some social media users agreed with the man, with one claiming the charging station was the 'dumbest thing' they'd ever seen.
However, NRMA explained the site was part of a trial of 'unique charging solutions' for remote areas and the generator was briefly being tested at the time of filming.
'It's a trial for what we might be using in the most regional parts of Australia, in towns not connected to the grid, or between towns, and the generator is a backup diesel generator they were just testing to see that it worked,' NRMA told Drive.