Horizon Power will run a year-long electric vehicle (EV) pilot project in Broome in March to better understand the impact that electric vehicles will have on the town’s electricity grid.

As part of the pilot, a fully electric Hyundai Kona will join Horizon Power’s fleet. The Kona will be driven by a Horizon Power linesman for a year to gather insights on how the car performs, charging behaviour and ‘range anxiety’ – the perceived fear that the vehicle may have insufficient charge to reach its destination.

Horizon Power is also installing a 22kW fast charger at its Broome depot and a 7kW slow charger to be installed at the employee’s home. The pilot will compare the impact on the grid of the charging of the vehicle from the slow charging station at his home, compared with the medium station at the depot.

A 22kW fast charging station will provide charge of about 120km of range every hour, compared with 40km of range every hour for a 7kW slow charging station.

EV owners in Broome will benefit from the charging station being installed at Horizon Power’s depot in McDaniel Street, Broome, and will be able to use the station to recharge their EV for free during the 12-month pilot.

Horizon Power CEO, Stephanie Unwin, said, “Electric Vehicles are one of the biggest changes we are seeing to transport in our lifetime, and we are going to start to see more electric vehicles in regional areas over the next few years.

“Horizon Power has an important role to play in making sure our communities can take advantage of EVs and this pilot is an important step in Horizon Power ensuring that we are prepared for the uptake of EVs across the state.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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