Western Australia begins electric highway
In Western Australia, the government has announced 45 locations for an electric vehicle fast-charging network in the state. The infrastructure network includes up to 90 fast-charging stations and backup chargers at locations connecting Perth to regional Western Australia.
The electric highway will stretch north to Kununurra, south to Esperance and east to Kalgoorlie. The Western Australian government says that the electric highway will then be the longest in Australia.
Western Australia is indeed home to some superlative distances. The capital city of Perth is famous for being the world’s most isolated city. The government says that the average distance between charging stations will be around 160 kilometres. The station locations have already been chosen by energy providers Synergy and Horizon Power.
A tender for the charging stations’ design is expected to go out to market by the end of 2021, with the network expected to be fully operational by early 2024. The funding of the electric highway is part of the McGowan Government’s $21 million Electric Vehicle Fund and the State Electric Vehicle Strategy for Western Australia.