Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategic Planning

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Abstract

This report was compiled at the request of the WA EV Working Group – Infrastructure Sub- Committee in response to the MOU for Sub-National Collaboration on Electric Vehicles.

All stakeholders interviewed have acknowledged the significant potential economic, technical, and health benefits of Electric Vehicles (EVs).
It is generally accepted that a state-wide DC fast-charging infrastructure is required to make EVs mainstream and to allow EV owners to travel state-wide. It will give potential EV buyers more confidence in the technology and boost EV uptake.

WA has currently just 13 publicly accessible DC charging sites, plus 1 Tesla-only site:
• UWA operates one site in Crawley with 1 x 50kW
• City of Swan operates one site with 1 x 50kW
• RAC funded 11 sites between Perth and Augusta with 1 x 50kW
• Tesla has one site in Bunbury with 6 x 125 kW (exclusive use for Tesla vehicles)
In comparison, the whole of Australia has 57 DC charging sites (plus 22 Tesla-only),
while New Zealand has 169 DC charging sites (plus 6 Tesla-only).
In Australia, 43 BEVs share a DC charging site, in NZ 26, in Japan 14, and in China only 11.

There is a necessity to act now on EV charging infrastructure, as new generation EVs with longer range, shorter charging times and lower total cost of ownership are being imported.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPerth, Australia
PublisherThe University of Western Australia
Commissioning bodyMainRoads Western Australia
Number of pages184
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2020

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