Australia Gets An Electric Highway Of Its Own – Finally

JUN 26 2015 BY JAY COLE 12

130 Electrified Points To Come Online For "RAC Electric Highway" In Australia

130 Electrified Points To Come Online For “RAC Electric Highway” In Australia

If any country really needed an electric highway to help its citizen more easily embrace electric vehicles, it was Australia.  Geographically in the country, it is a struggle for small range EVs to exit their home bases, and the political environment has made ownership difficult financially to say the least.

RAC Electric Highway Station Specs (click to enlarge)

RAC Electric Highway Station Specs (click to enlarge)

However, last week Australia officially got in the game with the RAC (Royal Automotive Club) Electric Highway; the first* of its kind in the country.

(“First” EV highway provided of course you don’t count the remains of the now deceased Better Place electrified route between Sydney and Newcastle)

Announced by RAC executive general manager Pat Walker, the route will have some 130 charging ports between the much travelled Perth and South-West.

“We see the RAC Electric Highway as a positive and real contribution toward the growth of this new form of vehicle technology, namely electric vehicles,” the GM said.  “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.”

Growth is practically assured in this case as PerthNow reports only 150-odd EVs or any sort are owned in Western Australia.

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Each station is painted yellow for easy visibility and features both DC fast charging and AC slow charging.

“The Trio fast charging station has three cables, CHAdeMO fast charging, CCS Combo 1 fast charging and an AC cable that can deliver up to 43kW AC to type 2 IEC62196-2 (Mennekes) compatible cars such as the Tesla Model S.”

RAC says they will cover the cost of the stations and installation, while regional governments will have to look after maintenance of the units.

Use of the network, which will include stations located in Perth, Bunbury, Mandurah, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Nannup,  Augusta, Bridgetown, Harvey and Donnybrook, will be free to use through the end of the year, with the local governments who are maintaining the stations then allowed to set charge rates (if any) in the new year.

RAC Electric Highway, PerthNow, Hat tip to Matt T

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Its really a shame. We were in NZ and Australia earlier this year. You’d think both countries would be embracing solar-powered EVs. They are moving very slowly. California, however, seems to be leading the way on this.

Australia’s conservative PM Tony Abbott is not a fan of green energy & EVs. He is a d-bag.

But some local governments and private groups (like above) are trying to step up to the plate and help move things forward.

But wait, sunny Australia’s turning all that surplus electricity into hydrogen!

Oh wait, they’re not. Even Abbott’s not stupid.

I don’t know, he’s pretty bloody stupid. Give him time.
But don’t worry. I think the country has finally woken up to him so he won’t be around for too much longer. (fingers and toes crossed).

Just Checked on – some of those towns not yet listed on there!

Some are listed as ‘coming soon’ in this story:

4 sites are currently live in the first phase. The balance will be live around end of August…

Living in Australia I can say it not only politicians on both sides but people are so vintage retro on cars here it is not even funny.

Most are still getting them selves up to speed on hybrids, things Like my Volt and Nissans Leaf leave them brain numb.

Sadly the people that could really use an EV or a BEV don’t have either the brain cell count or finances (in some cases both)

I sadly believe it reflects badly on Australia’s education system compared to the rest of Asia..

We can’t even stop kids in the community from using ICE our latest American import to hit our shores destroy our kids and their families.

Common sense along with education has gone out the window.
Why we continue to follow the bad paths set by other countries has got me stumped !

A Search on EV Album for Australia shows not just Australia, but most every Country with any EV’s or EV Conversions Listed – >> Scroll Down to the bottom. about 150+ listed here. EV Album shows largely EV Conversions, eBikes & Scooters, and some new EV Owners list their cars here too!

Rod Dilkes From Western Australia – is listed here and is one of the First Advanced EV Conversions I saw way back when I bough a High School built EV Conversion of a Pontiac Firefly in 2006 from it’s 3rd Owner – the President of our Electric Vehicle Society of Canada – Rod first built this with Lithium in 2007 and now has another EV Conversion listed on this page in a link out. (He sold this vehicle in 2010) Rod is with and can give more information on the move to EV’s than most news sites!

The current prime minister in AU has called climate change “crap” and recently called for an enquiry on heath concerns on wind turbines, as well has also cut the renewable energy target by 1/4. No chance at the moment for subsidies for BEV’s as the liberals have large donations from energy companies. So no incentive for new models to be brought in to Australia. Change may come with relaxation of vehicle import laws so cars can be sourced direct.

I’ve only visited Australia, but for the first Electric Highway to be in WA (total population <2M) rather than on the Eastern coast sounds really odd.

With abundant sunshine combined with a highly educated workforce, Australia could be leading the way.

We’re all very proud of what little old Western Australia has achieved with the electric highway!

There will be 13 fast charging points between the state capital, Perth, and the scenic south west. As Reecho says, the first 4 stations are online right now, while the next 8 will be going in by the end of August.

Why Perth? Why Western Australia? Well it’s because the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) designed and pushed for an electric highway for the last 2 years, and with the RAC getting behind it in a big way, it all came together very quickly. That’s really all there was to it. Plus the beautiful South West has lots of quaint towns all about 50-100 km apart, making them perfectly suited to the the current (and future) fleet of EVs.

The Eastern States are all busy arguing about who would pay for it while over here we just built the bloody thing. And it’s already getting plenty of use! WA – Way Ahead of the rest! (we are a parochial bunch)