WA EV network spreads to Kings Park with addition of new fast charger

Image credit: Minister Bill Johnston's Twitter

The Western Australian government announced that Perth has joined the state’s EV Network with a new electric vehicle fast charger now operating in Kings Park.

The new EV charging station connects Perth to regional towns along the WA EV Network, which is one of the world’s longest and largest EV networks, the government said in a media statement. 

In addition to a backup 7.6 kW charger, the EV charging station on May Drive across from Zamia Cafe features a 150-kilowatt charger that allows users to fully charge their vehicles in roughly 20 minutes.

The tenth EV charging station to go online on the WA EV Network, Horizon Power’s Carnarvon EV charging site will launch tomorrow at the Carnarvon Visitor Centre, 21 Robinson Street.

Energy Minister Bill Johnston said the announcement is an “exciting milestone” for Perth. 

“This central location will be the heart of the network, which is opening up WA for EV drivers,” Johnston said. 

He added, “By delivering 49 fast chargers along the WA EV Network, the Cook government is encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles and supporting tourism across the state.”

Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby expressed his delight that the government is funding fast-charging infrastructure to promote the use of electric vehicles and guide Western Australia towards a clean energy future.

“Kings Park is the centerpiece of our city, with about six million visitors each year. It’s the perfect location for the WA EV Network fast charger, connecting metropolitan Perth to regional Western Australia,” Whitby said. 

The minister also emphasised the initiative’s important part in WA’s road to net zero by 2050.

“The electric vehicle revolution will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve our air quality,” Whitby concluded. 

Since Geraldton’s first charging station went live in April 2023, there have been over 1,500 charging sessions across the network.

When finished, the WA EV Network will run over 7,000 kilometres from Kununurra in the north to Esperance in the south and east to Eucla in the east.

It will include 98 new electric vehicle charging stations spread over 49 locations along critical travel routes that are fewer than 200 miles apart on average.

The WA EV Network is funded by the government’s $21 million Electric Vehicle Fund and contributes to Western Australia’s State Electric Vehicle Action Plan.