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Western Australia will soon be the home of the world’s continuously connected electric highway as 98 charging points over 49 locations are expected to be built across its tourist routes.

The fast charging network will span 6600 kilometres stretching from Kununurra in the north, to Esperance in the south, and east to Eucla.

“Each location will have both a standard and fast charger. The fast chargers, which are up to 150 kilowatt DC, will allow drivers to top up their EVs in as little as 15 minutes,” according to a media statement released by the WA Government.

“When the project is complete, there will be charging stations averaging less than 200 kilometres apart, ensuring EV owners can explore our amazing state without any range anxiety,” said Energy Minster Bill Johnston.

This $4.1 million project is funded by the WA State Government. JET Charge will be at the helm providing the charging units while Synergy and Horizon Power will be providing the power for the network.

“WA’s EV fast charging network is an important step to boost our uptake of electric vehicles, enabling drivers to travel the vast distances around the State more easily,” said WA Premier Mark McGowan.

“This will help to reduce carbon emissions, as WA transitions to net zero by 2050.”

Meanwhile, JET Charge Chief Executive Officer Tim Washington said “We started JET Charge almost a decade ago to accelerate the transition to low emissions vehicles in Australia by breaking down the barriers to electric vehicle charging.

“JET Charge are so proud to be involved with a landmark EV charging network that features a lot of Australian made innovation, and will absolutely smash those barriers allowing people to drive EVs all over the great State of Western Australia.”

The first charging station is expected to be installed in November 2022, with the network to be fully operational by 2024.

This project is part of the McGowan Government’s $43.5 million investment to boost EV charging infrastructure around the State.

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