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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

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“We believe construction work is a key part of creating an economic recovery for WA,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti MLA.

Please therefore implement the government’s report on DC charging infrastructure, which recommends the State build DC chargers on Main Roads outside Perth.
DC chargers can charge EVs at over 1000 kms per hour, whereas the existing AC chargers can only charge at a maximum of 80 kms per hour.

Full report          http://revproject.com/traffic/report.pdf
Exec. Summary http://revproject.com/traffic/summary.pdf

This will:

  •  encourage owners to buy Electric Vehicles,
  •  encourage existing owners to drive out of the Metro area to patronise restaurants and tourist establishments,
  • jump-start the commercial roll-out of DC chargers, once businesses can see the traffic,
  •  help eliminate exhaust pipe pollution, which kills more people per annum than road accidents and may well be a significant factor in the death rate from Covid19
     https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/20/air-pollution-may-be-key-contributor-to-covid-19-deaths-study,
  • reduce CO2 emissions and so reduce Climate change.

    Most of the money required will be paid to Western Power or Horizon Power for grid connection, and the actual DC chargers can be purchased from Tritium https://www.tritium.com.au/, a world leading Australian Company. 

    Private individuals have developed weak-grid or off-grid solutions at their own expense, but now we need some State support.

    The photograph below is of a Solar array charging a battery feeding a DC charger which charges a Tesla Model 3
    ie a Solar battery buffered DC charger. All built locally by engineer Jon Edwards.

    Jon is also just about to install a VegPod at Arthur River which is a generator running on used frying oil powering a DC charger.
edited on 6th June 2020, 02:06 by Lindsay Lloyd
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Rodney 2 months ago

Buying Australian Products and services to help Australians travel around Australia. Sounds good to me!

Dianne Bortoletto 2 months ago

There are no downsides. There’s never been a better time for the WA Gov to invest in EV infrastructure. Let’s lead the world and show them that not only can WA recover from Covid and get back on its feet fast, but it’s now changing the world with leading technology. Add a Tesla factory for RH car manufacturer (another idea I saw), and bingo, economy boosted and environment helped.

Christopher Cook 2 months ago

Great idea, we need to lay the foundations today for the society we want tomorrow.

Jean Cleaver 2 months ago

For a short term gain, a great way to stimulate the economy and provide jobs.
For a long term gain, cleaner air for future generations.
EV infrastructure is a fantastic idea!

Dale So 2 months ago

Capital cost is very low compared to the long term economic and environmental benefit achieved. Would be great post COVID when we have tourism again for the state to have international green credentials instead of being known just for mining.

Jim Thompson 2 months ago

Can't see why this hasn't happened already. Seems like a no brainer.

iThink Moderator 2 months ago

Status label added: Thank you for your idea

Lindsay Lloyd 2 months ago

Further evidence that EV owners in WA are not just waiting for Government handouts :
Australian Electric Vehicle Association AEVA WA branch are trying to raise private money to build a rudimentary DC charging network from Perth to Esperance. If the State were to match the existing donations, that route would nearly be done.
https://chuffed.org/project/evhwy

Eesha 2 months ago

Great idea

Lindsay Lloyd 2 months ago

This idea has generated so much interest that Jon Edwards has agreed to hold an open day at his warehouse to demonstrate and discuss DC charging solutions.
Full details in TeslaWA Slack where 280 EV owners exchange ideas. Email lft@iinet.net.au

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

will be a meat free solar powered sausage sizzle happening.. throw all ideas around, for jobs and kicking WA economy into gear..

Moto for this event : Contribute to the solution, not the problem

Benny Baarspul 2 months ago

Happy to volunteer my time if you need a hand JE .

Antony Day 2 months ago

They're are several initiatives already underway that could speed up implementation of this idea. Govt would only have to fund it.
The crowdfunded EV highway from Perth to Esperance for example as mentioned in other comments

marchino61 2 months ago

This is a great idea. This will build valuabl

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

To promote eV tourism both from within the State and from interstate we need 50kw fast charging stations constructed at roughly 200 km intervals along our major highways. This is critical infrastructure which needs State support.

Depending on power available these stations could be grid connected, solar battery buffered (utilises a combination of solar and lower power mains supply) or powered by engines running on waste vegetable oil. Most Roadhouses have plenty of the stuff resulting in a carbon neutral eV charging. All the technology and manufacturing capability is available in Australia and working demonstration units on show in WA.

The above demo solar battery buffer system provides a 20 minute / 120 km top up for an average eV and takes about 5 hours to recharge. To be useful on the highway it would be need to have say 500km eV charging capacity and solar for say 1 hour recharging. Just an up sizing exercise which involves $.

To stimulate both purchases of more eVs and the eV tourism that will follow, a small government grant to each highway location to buy a 50kw eV charging system would be ideal. The charger would generate commercial activity at the location and the proprietor would have a vested interest in maintaining and ensuring it works for the public. As eV charging becomes available and reliable on the States highways, more eVs will be taken up, more road trips undertaken and more interstate eVs will come visit us.

For a relatively low spend, the State gains from more eV take up, more local commercial activity, attracts interstate tourism, while reducing emissions output.

Most would agree a good way for a small amount of our tax to be spent to get this up and running .




Jim Thompson 2 months ago

Jon, only comment to your already immense efforts is 50KW DC fast charging is the minimum requirement. If one individual is capable of rolling out 4 x 50KW charge stations of all the styles you mention with their own money like you have (or 6% of the recommended extended proposal), any government funded project to instal the full 61 sites listed in the report should be well above this min requirement and aim for a minimum of 150KW charge rate or above..ideally at 350KW where physically possible like the report listed above recommends. The government must be truly disconnected from reality if they don't execute this proposal immediately. For the cost of about $9 per individual in WA, the project is unbelievably cheap for the return on investment. If they don't then individuals will be inspired by you (like me) and do it ourselves. If this occurs we really need to question whether we need this or any government at all.

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

Jim, agree but slow down a bit. Right now we have nothing out there on remote highways except the 22kw 3ph sockets rolled out under the excellent drive by David Lloyd. There is no or dirty power out there either. You need to drive the Nullarbor or go to Broome to experience it . Forget big charging rates. 100 kw, 150 kw 250 kw wont happen and not needed. 50kw provides comfortable and good driving rest time. A 50kw Vegfil comprising of Tritium Veefil and 100 kva low hour generator running on roadhouse waste fryer oil is a $40 to $50k spend .. maybe not the final solution, but open up the highways for the eVs. Talk soon. Cheers Jon

Jim Thompson 2 months ago

I agree 50KW is sufficient but I was just endorsing the original idea posted. That is to roll out the Fast DC infrastructure as per the governments own report done by professionals. Executive summary: high speed charger network with 150-350KW chargers (no 50KW) would cost $28.4 million. We all know that cost could reduced by nearly $11 million by avoiding Western Power connection costs by using currently under utilised existing grid connections. These are specifically itemised in the report on a site by site basis. These currently under-utilised grid connections are well respected Aussie companies which would further benefit from proving travellers with conveniences. For consumers currently sitting on the fence about purchasing an EV, they will be more likely to do so if they know there is a network of Government supported very fast chargers out there. The other reason we should push for maximum charge rate is to avoid the negative press from ridiculing 1 hour charge times compared to ICE refill time which will further slow the general publics acceptance of EV's.. Regardless of speed though, as long as the Aussie made chargers are chosen, 100% of this money would go straight to Australian businesses whilst being a large positive step in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. This is why this is one of the better economic stimulus ideas listed and is 'shovel ready' to use government lingo..

Benny Baarspul 2 months ago

Fantastic work , and you have my full support JE

Benny

Peter M 2 months ago

Build it and they will come. We need the same future visionary’s as found in the other countries and states. May not be “cheap” to start with but we then can get to critical mass of users sooner ready for a brighter future. May need “dirtier” power solutions to power chargers initially but as electrical grids change with time they can be adjusted to use the new better power feed solutions.

We just need to make a “workable” state for the masses with elec charging by “any method possible” first. Fine tune second.

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

Build it and they will come.. Exactly.. thanks for support and vote Peter

Len Perich 2 months ago

We are on the cusp of opening the flood gates for the EV Industry.
We have hobbyist exploring the EV charging capabilities with there own funding.
Please,please please WA Gov, fund the EV infrastructure, it’s our’s and the next Gens future.

Rodrigo Lopez 2 months ago

This is a well thought idea. I go for it.

Joe L 2 months ago

Yes couldnt agree more. Let's invest in a better future earlier rather than falling behind the most advanced societies.

Dave E 2 months ago

Light bulb Moment. Brilliant, well done

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

You know yourself the lack of proper eV charging facilities on critical transport routes like the Nullarbor.. we have experienced that.. for a few targeted dollars we can open up that route for eVs travelling both ways , bringing commerce to both WA and SA..

Chris Jones 2 months ago

The State Government has an instruction manual on how to install enough charging infrastructure for the whole state for under $30 million. This satisfies the needs of a 1% EV fleet, expected in the next 5 years. Private enterprise will take over from there. The government should spend public money on this critical piece of transport infrastructure, and get the ball rolling on EVs. The opportunities for energy security, and electricity grid stabilisation are huge! Lets get cracking! Happy to assist wherever we can - Chris Jones, char of the WA branch and national secretary of the AEVA.

Paula S 2 months ago

We need to reduce GHG emissions from the transport sector and electric vehicles will do this. Hyundai Ioniq and Kona New car sales are recorded the normal way but Tesla purchases are not. So, the uptake of Electric vehicles in the metropolitan area is actually increasing exponentially. However, now that we are being encouraged to ‘wonder out yonder’ we need fast charging station all the way up north and every main highway in WA.

Benny Baarspul 2 months ago

Johns work is industry leading , and I’m excited to see the substantial benefits that would come from this much needed project

Benny

Sebastian Malcolm 2 months ago

In my experience of showing people my Tesla Model 3, everyone is interested in owning a vehicle that's cheaper to run than buying petrol/diesel and paying annual servicing on dozens of parts. A government that supports EV ownership is supporting lowering household bills and business operating costs!

People are excited for a fast, fun clean driving future but they often ask "How far can we drive?", so state funding a few >150kw DC chargers, or subsiding a number of new commercially operated rural chargers, will answer that question with simply "A great weekend roadtrip, anywhere in WA!" :-)

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Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

agree but slow down a bit. Right now we have nothing out there on remote highways except the 22kw 3ph sockets rolled out under the excellent drive by David Lloyd. There is no or dirty power out there either. You need to drive the Nullarbor or go to Broome to experience it . Forget big charging rates. 100 kw, 150 kw 250 kw wont happen and not needed. 50kw provides comfortable and good driving rest time. A 50kw Vegfil comprising of Tritium Veefil and 100 kva low hour generator running on roadhouse waste fryer oil is a $40 to $50k spend .. maybe not the final solution, but open up the highways for the eVs. Talk soon. Cheers Jon

RaVOLT 2 months ago

The energy consumed by EVs is generated within Australia. That is cash kept within Australia. Should a war break out and imported fossil fuels are restricted EVs can continue to power on. If Australia relies on trucking then an EV recharging infrastructure would keep Australia working! It isn’t hard, it is easy, different but easy. A transition to start embracing. Fewer carcinogenic particulates, quieter transport, all possibly off renewables. I have a Hyundai Kona EV and already my 4kW array with 3kW inverter generates more than my house and car ( 16000km/yr ) consume ( annualised ). Easy. I use the RAC EV Highway often. It has determined where I holiday. The AEVA WA 3phase, 32amp 5pin also influences where I go.
EVs, make transport in Australia energy secure. Independent of overseas interruptions.

Joseph Law 2 months ago

Clean air please

RaVOLT 2 months ago

Just want to add, EVs use the minerals mined in WA ... they use the energy generated in WA ... they do not need energy imported from overseas. If WA wants to be the Lithium miner of the world then lithium(and similar) use should be promoted. Even ore pack carriers are made with only batteries now! Be part of the RAVOL(u)T(ion) ... sun energy to the revolving wheels.

David Arkless 2 months ago

With the upcoming Tesla “Battery Day” announcement expected to provide details of new million mile battery technologies, it is also expected that the cost per KWh of batteries will drop to a level which means the cost of some vehicles will be comparable to their combustion engine equivalent. When this happens there will be a huge uptake of EVs. What an accolade it would be for WA if we already had the infrastructure in place and could demonstrate we are a forward thinking state.

Bruce Wyborn 2 months ago

I am literally sick of breathing in exhaust emissions. The quicker we transition to electric vehicles and renewable power generation the better. WA needs to get right behind both like most other developed countries are doing.

Just imagine if the Government took the issue as seriously as it it did with Covid19!! We would have world leading infrastructure and incentives to transition to EV’s. The health benefits alone should be enough of a reason to get cracking and make it happen.

Yasinta Situmorang 2 months ago

I certainly will be more likely to buy EV if I know the infrastructures are in place and I won’t have to worry about not being able to charge my vehicle wherever I go.

JoseL 2 months ago

Excellent suggestion. The sooner we stop sending billions of dollars to Middle Eastern countries for their oil the better. Instead let's invest in EV infrastructure and more renewable energy. More jobs, better energy security and buy Australian energy rather than foreign oil.

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

WA is calling itself the road trip State. Check out 50kw DC charging availability on the map. You can do an eV road trip easily in NZ and all along the East coast around to Clare in SA. What if Eastern Stater's want to hire a Tesla in Melbourne and come to visit and spend their dollars in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Margret River, Perth, Broome and the list goes on. Things get a bit tough in terms of charging from Port Augusta onward. Lets get WA moving , put our people to work, get this low cost infrastructure installed and open our highways to the people investing in the driving future. Lets not drag our feet another day longer.

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

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Roz 2 months ago

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Peter M 2 months ago

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Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

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Richard CG Smith 2 months ago

Have owned an EV Nissan Leaf for the last 5 years, driving 50,000 km with roof top PV - it is the way to go to improve air quality, cut carbon emissions, increase renewable electricity, cut noise etc. Government need a Climate Change policy that includes incentives to increase EVs.

Ideas from James to you. 2 months ago

Excellent idea - we need to aim for where we want to be in 20 years and make that infrastructure plan now. Fossil fuel projects shouldn't have a place in 2040 and we'll need reliable DC rapid chargers at all places major petrol stations are now on our regional routes

Bill Sinclair 2 months ago

Just a thought, each EV pays significant tax at purchase, and over the life of the car must save 10,000 litres of fuel, and associated pollution, and imported oil.

Other states have found a business case to contribute to charging infrastructure, Tasmania has at least 10 built or under construction, mostly State Government funded. We are being left behind

Kate 2 months ago

Can we change all our public transport over to Election vehicles? Cheaper to run, more efficient and massive reduction in pollution?

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

Installing eV charging infrastructure makes big financial sense for the government. With eV prices coming down, eV benefits becoming accepted and with our highways actually usable by eVs, uptake could easily grow to 1000 new eVs each year in WA. @ roughly $15k in stamp duty LCT GST per vehicle that's $15m annual contribution to State and Federal coffers. Over 5 years $75m dwarfs the $23m spend on infrastructure to stimulate the uptake. Note that the $23m will be spent on Australian manufactured chargers and WA installation contractors generating further govt revenues. Of course there will be the added benefits of eV road trippers flocking out to and spending in regional WA - because lets face it, there isn't going to be too many holidays overseas for a while. Lets put Tritium to work building the chargers in Brisbane, and get our local contractors mobilised. No need waste taxpayers dollars debating this form of stimulus as it is hard to see what the argument against it would be. Now is the time to get on with it.

Sam Blight 2 months ago

Stimulating the economy post COVID lockdown and assisting the transition to a low carbon economy -- best of bother worlds.

Jarrad Thomas 2 months ago

Great idea, now more than ever the regions need to be stimulated, local electricians, local labourers for site works and Australian made chargers. Once up and running tourism in the regions can be increased to include EV drivers.

Bernard Negus 2 months ago

More EV charging infrastructure please!

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

We need attract interstate eV travellers.. but sadly they cant get here and therefore cant spend their money here. We need build the eV charging infrastructure.. then they will come

David Hince 2 months ago

Electric Vehicles will be the norm in the near future. Traditional fuel car sales are already in decline. Electric Vehicles sales are growing. This trend is going to accelerate over the coming years. Now is the perfect time to start building the required infrastructure to support EVs.

Florian Popp 2 months ago

With Up to 40% of CO2 emissions stemming from Transport, a transitioning grid under the DER Roadmap and our unique road infrastructure, Western Australia has the opportunity to benefit from new skills, jobs and industries resulting from the early adoption of electric vehicles. The National political Process has seen complex infrastructure projects and technology adoption such as the NBN result in high costs with poor outcomes. Our unique geographical challenges require a uniquely West Australian solution, and with strong community support for sustainable energy and transport, WA can take control for the benefit of our local community and adopt a leadership position Nationally. This creates additional benefits of fuel security and low cost fuel, with technologies such as Vehicle to Grid systems strengthening our grid.
Governments globally have lead the transition to electric mobility in support of strong climate policies, and Western Australia must ensure that our communities are not left behind during this global paradigm shift. Training, new skills, technology solutions and market mechanisms require continual updating in a fast changing energy and transport landscape, so a decisive “jumpstart” and confident market signal from policy makers and infrastructure decision makers, will allow industry and the community to embrace this new global industry.

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Bill Sinclair 2 months ago

Just a thought, and speaking for myself, I think we need to emphasise that we don't want a free ride, and that we are willing to pay a reasonable amount for the service we are asking for, I paid $1 per unit on the Nullarbor, for AC, and thought that was fair,

There is some opposition out there in the ICE community that we are freeloaders, even tho buying an EV is probably one of the most expensive ways to save on energy.

RaVOLT 2 months ago

No free ride but a leg up. With destination charging, when I holiday, I pay twice the going rate of electrickery. Why? Infrastructure and promotion. As I recharge at home, off solar, my energy is free. So my annualised cost is less than a $1/100km.

Bill Sinclair 2 months ago

Good stuff, me too!

Jonathon Edwards 1 month ago

Hi Bill.. how is your trip to Broome going ? To point eVs are coming.. most people are uncomfortable with change especially if it is expensive..our elected leaders need get off the pot and get on the front foot.put eV incentives in place..like nearly every other western country..Im planning a trip across the Nullabor to see my mom in Adelaide.. do you know any eV chargers out that way ?

Bill Sinclair 1 month ago

Hi Jon,

Our trip to Broome is going well, we have charged at Jurien Bay, Geraldton, Northampton, Billabong, Carnarvon, Nanutarra, and we are presently charging at Karratha. The only fast charger was at Jurien Bay. This is night 3 of 4 to get to Broome, we love the bush places, so it's not a hardship to us, however for some the charging time is too much, and they require fossil fuels for their travels.

As it happens that I do know of places where you can charge on the Nullarbor, most of the roadhouses have a 3 phase socket that they make available for EV charging, some of them for free.

There are no fast chargers on the Nullarbor, which makes for about 4 days travel from end to end.

Best regards
Bill

Bill Sinclair 1 month ago

charging at Nanutarra

Jonathon Edwards 2 months ago

$50k Govt loan converted to grant offered to proprietors to put in 50kw eV chargers in at the UWA report recommended locations along WA highways. Loan is 5 years interest free, on condition eV charger availability is 95%. After 5 years loan turns to grant. Les than 95% performance .. loan turns to P and I repayments. The people of WA want this..the risk is low, the rewards are high.

Joseph Loveday 2 months ago

Go for it! Not just outside Perth either, our inner-city charging network is seriously poor too.

Lynn Murray 2 months ago

Great idea. I’m hoping to buy an EV this year and like to travel widely in our glorious state.
I regularly commute to the Wheatbelt and holiday in the Great Southern so charging stations is a significant part of the equation.

RaVOLT 1 month ago

Great to hear Lynn. Many of us have grown tired of waiting and have begun our own EV Highway, Perth to Esperance. 1st charger bought and preparation of site underway at Lake Grace, with the next one almost funded, Ravensthorpe. https://chuffed.org/project/evhwy#/comments

RaVOLT 1 month ago

The cost for this is mainly labour, with EV Chargers built in Queensland!
Australian through and through!
Start with the “Big Lap”? National Highway 1? Inland via Meekatharra. Our Rainbow coast? This for the road trip!!
Would you be more likely to buy an EV if the fast charge infrastructure was available?
An EV is not subject to the vagaries of energy supply, dogged by international pricing and war.
Pure electric trucks are on the horizon.
If trucks “drive Australia” then surely we want to keep trucking if war breaks out!
We can do so by accelerating infrastructure.
The minerals are mined here so let’s give them a bigger market.
It is a transition, just like wood to coal, coal to gas, landlines to mobiles, typewriter to electric typewriters to computers.
Inevitable.

David Letts 1 month ago

I have so much fun driving in my EV that it's downright scary! Silent, quick to move, no pollution, recharge from the sun (solar panels), and an amazing driving experience. BUT - Unless I stick to the SW Electric Highway - my charging options are limited and I tend to stick close to Perth Metro regions.

So here is an idea - Government sponsors the installation of the fast charge EV infrastructure around WA (as per the report) - and then THE GOVERNMENT MAKES MONEY FROM THAT because:
1) People buy more EVs because charging is easy - even on road trips, and range anxiety is reduced to almost zero.
2) People take more road trips in EV's because charging is easy
3) More EV's, more road trips - and we all we buy more electricity from Synergy, Western Power, and Horizon - WHICH ARE ALL GOVERNMENT OWNED . Even when we have solar, we still buy electricity to recharge when on trips or the sun isn't shining.

So this investment is a dead cert financially in the long-run. Because it actually helps government sell more electricity - which helps the power companies (who, despite what many people think, are financially constrained and really do need us to buy more electricity!)

Besides, electricity is all produced here in WA, so helps the States balance of payments, no more money going offshore to pay for oil!

Its a big circle - give us the recharging capacity - and road trip (and electricity purchases) here I come!

cheers

Annie Atkins 1 month ago

This is obviously a very well researched and informed suggestion. Great work Lindsay. The construction of this infrastructure would help the state in so many ways.
Also great to see the Aussie ingenuity at work in the development of the solar panel charger and the Vegpod by Jon Edwards. It would be great to see these rolled out around the state.

Jonathon Edwards 1 month ago

Hi Annie, thanks for the support, how about swing by my Cockburn shop and get some carbon neutral charging into your car sometime when you are down this way. Oh - but first need to do the CCS2 adpator thing

Brian Cleaver 1 month ago

Hats off to all the early starters and ambassadors who have given so much of their time and energy to make things happen here in WA. The EV revolution is unstoppable and State Government investment now will be recognised and acknowledged and rewarded in years to come.

Andrew Hobson 1 month ago

Great idea, lets hope the state government agrees!

Marc Talloen 1 month ago

I love the idea! A great project to create post COVID jobs, promote electric cars/ transport possibly in combination with an efficient way of utilizing renewable energy permanent resources, all the way providing for a cleaner future.
It would be superb as well for attracting more EV tourism to WA and have us staying longer beyond urban areas not needing to worry about lack of DC charging infrastructure.

Jeff Wilson 1 month ago

I heartily support this idea. I invested in the longest range (450km) ev I could afford hoping to visit my daughter in Adelaide and holiday in places like Broome. I can't do either without having to stay overnight after just 350km travel per day. A $30M fast charge infrastructure roll out by the WA government would be most welcome.

Michael Begg 1 month ago

Once these chargers are in setup I will start to travel again. I refuse to drive in dirty pollution generating cars any more.

Jonathon Edwards 1 month ago

600 views and 171 votes ? .. so there are 429 viewers didn't like or agree with this State building initiative ? ... come on viewers, clearly an important issue, how about give it a vote.. just click the thumb in the top right hand corner. Thank you

Peter M 1 month ago

Hi Jon
I am hoping it is multiple viewing on different devices (not logged in) and hence counting as views but not votes. What I would like to see though is more subscribers.

Also MANY thanks for all your work you do to help the cause. 10/10

David Carter 1 month ago

Investment in this infrastructure is simply a no brainer, indeed it is essential if we as a state and country are to meet the ambitious targets required for decarbonising our economy in line with our Paris obligations.

Paula S 1 month ago

This is why we need EV charging infrastructure: Ausroad’s Report: No new Petrol/Diesel cars by 2024.

Courageous, decisive action by the WA State Government is required to attain no new petrol/diesel vehicles by 2024. 

“In order to reach a 90% replacement of the current internal combustion engine (ICE) fleet, the last of the ICE vehicles must all be sold by 2024.”!!!!!!!!

The Austroads organisation, of which Main Roads WA, Dept Transport Victoria and Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) are members, undertakes leading research which inputs to policy development and guidance on the design, construction and management of road network and infrastructure. 
Their report “Decarbonisation of Road Transport Network Operations in Australia and New Zealand” says the transport sector offers huge potential to cut GHG emissions in Australia and New Zealand.

https://thedriven.io/2020/06/12/time-to-scrap...-switch-to-evs/

If you would like to read the report
Decarbonisation of Road Transport Network Operations in Australia and New Zealand:
https://austroads.com.au/publications/network/ap-c110-20

Doug Paice 1 month ago

improved charging infrastructure will help stimulate the economic recovery of regional areas by promoting tourism

RaVOLT 1 month ago

I am already influenced where I holiday according recharging infrastructure. Like motels with destination chargers, service stations that have rechargers and highways with fast chargers.

Mark Conacher 1 month ago

Am in full support also. WA has so much sun and wind. We should be at the forefront and promote the use of EV’s as much as possible to help reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Long term EV’s will be mobile batteries and make the storage of energy easier.

RaVOLT 1 month ago

Also, f war breaks out, those renewables will empower our transport!

Kevin TAYLOR 1 month ago

I can't afford a new car, electric or otherwise. But I believe that the government should be making this as affordable and practical as possible to encourage people to transition to cleaner energy solutions. How can anyone have any argument against that?

RaVOLT 1 month ago

If government departments transition to electric vehicles then there will be second hand EVs available in few years. I think that, with a recharge network, a better use of funds rather than rebates for individuals. Effectively assisting the smaller budgets. Win win.

James Taylor 1 month ago

The number of EV in the State is expanding rapidly. The numbers are well behind the global trend fir first world nations (for a variety of reasons beyond the control of the average car buyer) but because Australians are well known for their adoption of new technologies it is logical that numbers will continue to increase rapidly. Ownership will be largley restricted only by availability and lack of government support (i think the number of registered EVs has doubled in just the last 6 months?).
Right now the State has a great opportunity to capture some of the economic benefits these owners will bring.
EV ownership has many benefits but one not well recognised yet in WA is that these owners have rediscovered the 'Sunday drive' commonly enjoyed by previous generations. This makes thise drivers more willing to take spontaneous journeys than they would have in a fossil fuelled car. Frustratingly, while the desire is there, the ability is not.
A network of regional fast charging EV stations would encourage these day trips and longer into the country. This will result in more money being spent there, boosting the economy of those regions, especially those places with the chargers. Surely anything which boosts economies in regional areas can only be a good thing?
I now have an EV (in Perth) and would happily do day trips of several hundred kilometres (eg wild flowers excursions several times in one season) if only i could. I know i am not alone.
Delaying the rollout of an effective charging network to regional areas in these tough economic times is denying valuable tourism income to those communities. Given the current restricted international travel right now is a great opportunity for helping West Australians rediscover their fantastic State. And the more the State is (re)discovered at this time the greater the chance more of this local tourism will remain entrenched even after international destinations are again achievable.
Just do it!

Jonathon Edwards 1 month ago

Well said and everyone agrees this infrastructure is a low cost way to get things moving. The study of where they should go and the costing has been done by Main Roads and UWA. Ive mentioned several times in this forum I support the government spending (a fraction of its Hydrogen dream) to fast track getting this infrastructure in place. If some of the power utilities red tape could be cut, the job could mostly be done by the end of 2020. Contractors in Perth have the skills and are ready to go, the chargers are made in Brisbane 6 weeks from order, then its just the time to get the locations power supply sorted out.

RaVOLT 1 month ago

It appears the hard work has already been done. Costing and strategy with the help of Main Roads and Department for Transport. Ready to hit the [GO] button. https://api.research-repository.uwa.edu.au/po...0878/report.pdf

RaVOLT 1 month ago

I surprised myself in my modest townhouse. My Wife and I bought a renovator's delight but we have put the money into solar ( 4kW array and 3 kW inverter ), an induction cooktop, efficient AC and an Electric car. To my surprise the extroplated annualised consumption by house and pure electric Hyundai Kona EV (16000km/yr) is just slightly less than production so effectively net energy positive! So, wherever I charge in the interconnected grid I am effectively powering my car from my own solar. The advantage of local power generation over imported energy !!!! Imagine travelling/trucking Western Australia, the "Road Trip State", with a fast charge network without relying on oil imported from war torn regions!!!

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