WA EV Network launches first EV fast charger in the Kimberley

  • WA EV Network launches first fast charger in Broome
  • Next Horizon Power charging station opening soon in Carnarvon
  • Construction begins on charging stations in Exmouth, Denham, Derby and Karratha

The WA EV Network continues its roll out across regional Western Australia, with the first of eight electric vehicle fast chargers for the Kimberley now operational in Broome.

Located at Town Beach carpark, Horizon Power’s 150-kilowatt fast charger will allow drivers to top up their electric vehicles in as little as 20 minutes.

Horizon Power’s next EV charging station will open in Carnarvon next month, while construction has started in Exmouth, Denham, Derby and Karratha.

The State Government’s WA EV Network is being delivered by Horizon Power and Synergy and will include 98 charging stations across 49 locations connecting Perth and regional WA.

Horizon Power’s bespoke approach to this project includes using a combination of solar and battery, with a back-up diesel generator, to power its EV chargers in WA’s remote locations.

The WA EV Network is part of the Government’s $43.5 million investment to boost EV infrastructure around WA.

The project is providing vital infrastructure for EV owners who will easily be able to travel the State, with the average distance between charging stations around 200 kilometres.

An EV charged using the State’s main electricity grid, the South West Interconnected System, will generate 30 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than a conventional petrol vehicle.

The WA EV Network will be the longest in Australia stretching over 7,000 kilometres from Kununurra in the north, to Esperance in the south and east to Eucla.

Geraldton and Northampton received the first fast chargers in April 2023.

As stated by Energy Minister Bill Johnston:

“I’m delighted Horizon Power’s first fast charger in the EV Network is now operational in Broome.

“This innovative project is showcasing Horizon Power and Synergy’s commitment to opening Western Australia’s regions to the electric transport ecosystem.

“Broome’s fast charger is an important step to drive the uptake of electric vehicles in WA and ensuring EV drivers can explore our wonderful State without any range anxiety.”

As stated by Acting Climate Action Minister Tony Buti:

“The WA EV Network is critical to boosting electric vehicle uptake in WA and will help support the transition towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“The Cook Government is committed to preparing the State for the rapid uptake of EVs, creating a more sustainable future and making clean transportation more accessible to communities across WA.”

As stated by Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna:

“This is an exciting step forward for the residents and tourist operators in Broome.

“I look forward to the next fast charging station in Derby opening over the coming months, as the Kimberley region adapts to a cleaner, greener energy future.”

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