FREMANTLE will soon be part of WA’s “Electric Highway” with the council committing to spend $130,000 on a “super charging” station in the port city.
The free-to-use station will be located at the Mews Road car park, near the Italian Club, and will feature a “super charger” that can recharge an electric car battery in 30 minutes and two standard chargers that take around two hours.
It will take at least four months for the unit to be built off-site and no installation date has been set.
Mayor Brad Pettitt says the station is a nod to the future. “Listen, some people will criticise that we have decided to spend the money on this, but we’ve got to take a holistic approach to the city and look at not just infrastructure and roads, but also sustainability and tourism.”
“This will put us on the electric highway and hopefully attract even more people to the city.”
Fremantle already has electric charging stations at Queensgate car park, but the new station will be next-generation and located in a more accessible and convenient location for most drivers.
The new station is part of the RAC’s Electric Highway, a network of charging stations that provides electric vehicles better access to WA’s south-west region.
The RAC is contributing $40,000 to the project, taking the total cost to £170,000.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK