Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC) unveiled the nation’s first Electric Highway®, which will connect Perth with Western Australia’s south west through a series of fast charging stations. Executive General Manager Pat Walker stated the RAC Electric Highway® will provide the opportunity for owners of electric vehicles to now 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 transportation options,” he said.
“Today we see the RAC Electric Highway® as a positive and real contribution toward the growth of this new form of technology, namely electric vehicles. It will provide the infrastructure required to help eliminate the issues currently facing owners of electric vehicles, including ‘range anxiety’, and for the first time, it will also provide the opportunity for electric vehicles to now visit the State’s South West support the region’s tourism industry,” Walker added.
Electric vehicle owners will be able to charge their cars for free until the end of 2015. In total, eleven fast charging and publicly accessible stations will be installed along the route, with the first six located in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and Augusta. The remaining five fast charging stations will be installed in the next few months in Dunsborough, Nan nup, Bridgetown, Donnybrook and Harvey. A further charging station in Fremantle will be installed before the end of the year.
The charging stations have been purchased and installed by RAC, while the day to day maintenance will be the responsibilities of local governments.