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Tritium and JET Charge to Supply Fast Chargers for Australia’s Longest EV Highway

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World’s Longest Electric Vehicle Highway — Now Under Construction

Although all hopeful EV drivers can see from the road is concrete pads surrounded by temporary fencing in Kalbarri, this is the beginning of construction for the world’s longest electric vehicle highway, from Kunnanurra in the north of Western Australia to Esperance in the south.

With the eastern extension to Eucla and an extra 43 chargers (now 98 in total), the highway has doubled in length from the 3,205 km (1991 miles) reported by myself in CleanTechnica 18 months ago, to 6,600 kilometres (4,101 miles) with 98 chargers across 49 locations. Chargers placed every 200 km or less means there should be no range anxiety and plenty of time and opportunity to shop in regional towns.

Mark Jeisman, Business Development Manager WA at JET Charge, tells CleanTechnica that JET Charge is providing the infrastructure and support for the entire Western Australia (WA) EV Highway project as the awarded provider. This project is being coordinated with Jeisman and his team out of the JET Charge Perth office. “The physical installation is being handled by local partners, but the project owners are Synergy and Horizon Power on behalf of the WA State Government,” Jeisman tells us. “JET Charge are providing Kempower and Tritium DC Chargers, plus Australian made ChargeMate AC Chargers. There are also credit card facilities using JET Charge’s PayMate Ultra technology, and Chargefox are the awarded project’s charge point operator (CPO). Synergy and Horizon Power own and run the project.”

The highway has been named the Western Australia EV Network. Local companies will be doing the installing. Work has commenced at Kalbarri, Northhampton, and Geraldton. It is estimated that there are over 3,000 EVs on Western Australia roads at present, with numbers expected to double in 2023.

EV drivers will no longer have to depend on a patchwork of destination chargers, caravan park charging, and the occasional high speed charger.

World’s Longest Electric Vehicle Highway

Kalbarri’s visitor centre. Photo courtesy of Matthew Clifton.

Subscribers can read the rest of this full dive into the under-construction EV highway — as well as broader Australian plans behind it and some responses from people who will use it and people contributing to it — on CleanTechnica Pro here: World’s Longest Electric Vehicle Highway Under Construction

 

 
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David Waterworth is a retired teacher who divides his time between looking after his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He is long on Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA].

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