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WA completes south west EV network loop with new charger

The 31st charging location in the state has completed what will be the longest EV charging network in Australia

The Western Australian government has announced it has plugged in the 31st location in the state to join its electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

The installation of a new charger at Kojonup means the network’s south west loop is now complete, with more than 15,000 charging sessions occurring since the first charger in the network opened in Geraldton last year.

Once completed, it’ll be the longest EV network in Australia, spanning more than 7,000kms from Kununurra in the north to Esperance in the south and Eucla to the east.

The EV fast charger is located on Benn Parade near the Kojonup Swimming Pool and features a 150 kilowatt fast charger and a 22 kW back-up charger.

The opening means the network’s south west loop is now complete, including fast chargers now live in Bunbury, Margaret River, Manjimup, Walpole, Albany and Jerramungup, with another fast charger site set to open in Brookton in June.

“It’s great to see range anxiety become a thing of the past in our state’s south west,” WA energy and climate action minister Reece Whitby says.

“By encouraging sustainable transport through the WA EV network, the state government has put our state on the road to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

Agricultural Region MLC Shelley Payne says she’s proud to see the WA government investing in one of the longest EV charging networks in the world.

“The WA EV network is providing the backbone of EV charging infrastructure, which is critical for driving confidence in people living in the regions to invest in EVs,” Payne says.

“This charging station is perfectly situated between Perth and Albany, making it easier for EV drivers to explore our amazing south coast.

“I hope visitors using the chargers will pop over the road to Kojonup’s Kodja Place museum and discover the rich history of Kojonup.”

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