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Published on September 14th, 2015 | by James Ayre


West Coast Of Australia Gets Its Own “Electric Highway”

September 14th, 2015 by  

The west coast of Australia is now home to its first “electric highway,” thanks to a recent collaboration between RAC and local governments in the area.

The new “RAC Electric Highway” is, as one can probably guess, a new network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations spread out along the west coast of the oceanic country/island — giving those who drive EVs in the region a means of traveling along the coast far more easily than would be possible otherwise.


The exact route of the new electric highway is the Perth to Augusta (or vice versa) one.

Electrek provides further details:

The stations are equipped with 3 types of connectors: 1 DC CSS Combo 1 mode cable/connecto, 1 DC CHAdeMO mode 4 JEVS G105 cable connector and 1 AC Mode3 Type 2 (Mennekes) cable connector for the Tesla Model S.

This system allows charging for almost any electric vehicle model. To get access to the charging stations, you will need a RFID card (existing RFID will work), which will activate the chargers. RAC waives the cost of a charge until 31 December 2015, charges will apply starting in 2016.

Those with more of a visual/multimedia bent may prefer to get their information via video, so here you go:

Inspirational project. I expect it will be very popular, especially as EV adoption jumps. 


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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