The small town of Coolgardie, situated in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, has become the latest addition to the state’s extensive EV charging network. Developed by state-owned energy retailer Synergy in collaboration with Horizon Power, the Western Australia EV Network is not only Australia’s longest electric vehicle charging network but also one of the world’s largest.
Located at 90 Bayley Street, next to the Coolgardie Shire Office, the new 150kW fast charger offers EV drivers the convenience of a quick top-up that takes as little as 20 minutes. To ensure uninterrupted access, the charging station also includes a 22kW backup charger.
Synergy’s CEO, David Fyfe, emphasized the significance of the growing network in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and supporting Western Australia’s target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. With 19 charging stations already operational across the state, the partnership between Synergy and Horizon Power is effectively reducing “range anxiety” for EV drivers.
The addition of Coolgardie to the network follows recent expansions in other towns and cities such as Esperance, Merredin, Southern Cross, Karratha, Exmouth, and Kununurra. These developments bring the EV charging network closer to its goal of 49 locations throughout Western Australia, which is expected to be achieved by early next year.
As the state continues to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure, Western Australia is positioning itself as a leader in sustainable transport. The interconnected network of EV charging stations not only improves convenience for EV owners but also encourages more widespread adoption of electric vehicles. By facilitating longer journeys and reducing range anxiety, the network plays a crucial role in the state’s commitment to a cleaner and greener future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How long does it take to charge an EV at the Coolgardie charging station?
The 150kW fast charger at the Coolgardie EV charging station can top up an electric vehicle in as little as 20 minutes.
2. How many charging stations are part of the Western Australia EV Network?
The Western Australia EV Network is expected to have a total of 49 charging locations across the state.
3. What is the significance of the Western Australia EV Network?
The Western Australia EV Network is not only Australia’s longest electric vehicle charging network but also one of the largest in the world. It aims to reduce range anxiety for EV drivers and supports Western Australia’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.