2024: A new electric highway

Range Anxiety: A condition that can affect all electric vehicle owners. Mark McGowan commits…

When fuel prices are nearing their peak and natural disasters linked to climate change are occurring at unprecedented speed and with unprecedented severity, who hasn’t thought of investing in an electric car?

One of the biggest concerns of this type of vehicle is still its autonomy, especially in rural areas of Western Australia.

The Mark McGowan government is committing, as part of reducing carbon emissions (zero by 2050), to develop the use of electric vehicles, which inevitably involves developing a large and reliable network of chargers across the country. ‘Western Australia.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan said:

WA’s electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network is an important step towards driving electric vehicle adoption, allowing drivers to travel more distances.

The development of the electric vehicle market

Mark McGowan’s Labor government will allocate nearly $60 million in its 2022-23 budget to accelerate the use of zero-emission vehicles.

The first measure, the ‘Clean Energy Car Fund’ will include US$36.5 million to provide discounts of up to US$10,000 from US$3,500 to Western Australians who purchase a new electric or hydrogen vehicle worth up to US$10,000. 70,000 as of May 10, 2022.

Replacing 10,000 gasoline vehicles with electric or hydrogen vehicles is expected to reduce carbon emissions by at least 7,000 tonnes per year.

Helping drivers switch from gasoline-powered vehicles will benefit the environment and provide significant savings for families, while saving the average Western Australian driver more than $1,400 a year in fuel costs.

An electric vehicle charged using the state’s main electrical grid will produce 30% less greenhouse gas emissions than a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

Road freight: an incentive?

Like other states, WA plans to introduce a distance-based road tax for zero-emission or low-emission light vehicles starting July 1, 2027 to ensure that all drivers pay their fair share for the maintenance and construction of WA’s roads. .

A base rate of 2.5 cents per kilometer for electric and hydrogen vehicles and 2 cents per kilometer for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will apply, with both rates indexed to the consumer price index.

The state government will invest $200,000 to develop options on future road tax collection and monitoring systems.

If you drive a fossil fuel car, you pay 10% VAT on the fuel plus an excise tax which is:

  • 23.0 cents per liter for unleaded gasoline and diesel.
  • 7.5 cents per liter for automotive LPG.

Note: On 29 March 2022, the Australian government announced a 50% reduction in excise duty on fuel for 6 months, which took effect on 30 March 2022.

Small comparison (for an average of 10,000 km per year):

If you drive an electric car (average consumption of 150wh/km):

  • road tax $250
  • $45 VAT for 1500kwh electricity consumption at 30cents/kwh
  • That’s a total of $295 a year.

If you drive a petrol car (average consumption of 10l/100km):

  • excise tax of $230
  • $180 VAT (for gasoline at $1.8/l)
  • That’s a total of $410.

The electric continues to be more interesting, despite this tax that will be added for electric car owners. Concern for justice is laudable, but isn’t it counterproductive?

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Map of fast charger locations (only)

The development of the network of chargers for electric vehicles

The second measure of the 2022-23 Budget is a $22.6 million investment in new charging infrastructure to expand WA’s electric vehicle charging network to include:

  • $10 million to support nonprofits and small and medium businesses with grants of up to 50% of billing infrastructure installation costs;
  • $5 million to support the installation of charging infrastructure by local governments, providing subsidies of up to 50% of installation costs;
  • $4 million to the Public Transport Authority to pilot the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at four railway stations, providing up to 20 parking spaces with charging access for passengers; and more than $2.9 million to install eight new charging stations at four locations on a section of State Highway 1 between Norseman and Eucla to ensure the WA Electric Highway extends into South Australia.

Long-term, 2024, a $43.5 million project includes strengthening electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Western Australia.

The McGowan government is creating Australia’s longest electric vehicle fast charging network, installing charging stations at 45 locations across the state. Installation of the charging stations is expected to start in mid-2022 and the network will be fully operational in January 2024.

Planned locations for the stations were identified by energy providers Synergy and Horizon Power in consultation with various experts and stakeholders.

This network is expected to extend from Kununurra (in the north) to Esperance (in the south) and Kalgoorlie (in the east) and include the installation of 98 EV charging stations across the state.

Each slot will have a standard charger and a fast charger. Fast chargers, which can reach 150 kilowatts of direct current, will allow drivers to recharge their electric vehicle in just 15 minutes.

Attention: this is not a full recharge, in 15 minutes you will recharge enough to complete the trip to the next charger, that is, 200 km. This makes for a great organization of your journey: drive/rest without stopping too much.

The first charging station is expected to be installed in November this year, and the network is expected to be fully operational by 2024.

When the project is complete, there will be charging stations with an average distance of less than 200 miles, allowing EV owners to explore our incredible state without any range anxiety. Once completed, WA’s electric vehicle fast charging network will be the longest of its kind in the world, construction is well advanced and is expected to be completed in early 2024.

Australian company JET Charge, a market leader in the installation and supply of chargers, was chosen to support and accelerate the growth of EVs.

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