Electric Highway links Western Australia with fast charging stations

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Australia’s Royal Automobile Club (RAC) has unveiled a network of fast charging stations it calls the Electric Highway, which will connect Perth with Western Australia’s southwestern region.

Twelve public fast charging stations will be installed along the route. The first six are located in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and Augusta. Stations in Dunsborough, Nannup, Bridgetown, Donnybrook and Harvey will be installed before the end of the year.

Each station offers both CHAdeMO and CCS Combo DC fast charging, and AC Level 2 charging. RAC purchased and is installing the stations. Ongoing maintenance will be the responsibility of local governments.

RAC Executive General Manager Pat Walker said the Electric Highway will let EV drivers travel between Perth and Augusta. “This is Australia’s first Electric Highway, and it builds on RAC’s history of opening up the state to new transport options. RAC was formed in 1905 when motor vehicles were very rare in Western Australia. Today we see the RAC Electric Highway as a positive and real contribution toward the growth of this new form of vehicle technology.”

“Electric vehicle owners will be able to charge their cars for free until the end of 2015,” Walker continued. “This is part of our commitment to give back to the WA community and support sustainable transport options.”

 

Source: Royal Automobile Club