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Australia's First Electric Highway Goes Live!

On the 22nd of June, 2015, the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC) launched the nation's first Electric Highway - a network of fast chargers spanning the south-west coast and hinterland.  The RAC Electric Highway consists of a total of 12 fast chargers, allowing a 30 minute recharge to about 80% capacity for most EVs.  This project was conceived by members of the Perth branch of the AEVA and Fremantle Council, and was taken up by the RAC in June last year.

The chargers consist of a 43 kW Fast AC option (Type-Two, or Mennekes connector, suits Tesla Model S) and two 50 kW Fast DC options - SAE Combo for the BMW i3 and ChaDeMo for Japanese makes of car.  A slow charger is also located at each station, able to deliver up to 7 kW.  A humble 15 amp GPO is also available.

The first four charging stations were unveiled on Monday, completing the route from Perth to Margaret River via Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton.  An additional 8 chargers will be installed in the coming months, with Dunsborough, Donnybrook, Bridgetown, Nannup, Augusta, Harvey and Fremantle next on the list.

It is widely expected to boost interest in EVs, and potentially EV sales in the regions.  For more information, visit the RAC's Electric Highway website

Roll on Australia's Electric Highways!

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