The Western Australia’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Network has reached a significant milestone with the first chargers becoming operational in Geraldton and Northampton, marking the longest EV Network in Australia stretching over 7,000km from Kununurra in the north, to Esperance in the south and east to Eucla.
In Geraldton, two 150kW fast chargers will be located on the bustling and vibrant Marine Terrace.
Member for Geraldton, Lara Dalton, said she is thrilled that Geraldton and Northampton have become the first links in the Western Australian EV Network.
“This represents a boom for the local tourist industry as well as households and businesses in my electorate,” Ms Dalton said.
Northampton will have a 150kW fast charger and a back-up charger at their Visitors Centre in the centre of town.
Western Australian Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said, “Residents and tourists in the Mid-West region will be able to charge their electric vehicles at fast chargers in Geraldton and Northampton.
“Synergy and Horizon Power are working closely with local governments across Western Australia to develop a fast and enjoyable user experience.
“When the project is complete, charging stations will be averaging less than 200km apart, ensuring EV owners can explore our amazing state without any range anxiety.
Construction has also begun in Albany, Manjimup, Walpole and Williams with the chargers expected to be operational by the middle of 2023.
Western Australian Environment Minister, Reece Whitby, said, “These charging stations will drive the uptake of electric vehicles across the state while supporting Western Australia’s road to net zero emissions by 2050.”
The chargers will provide up to 150kW and will allow drivers to top up their EVs in as little as 20 minutes.
Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said she is proud that Western Australia will ultimately have the longest EV Highway in Australia stretching over 7,000km as a result of this initiative.
The $21 million project is part of the Western Australian Government’s State Electric Vehicle Action Plan for Western Australia.