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WA EV Network completes Southwest Loop with new charger

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The new electric vehicle (EV) charger at Kojonup is the 31st location to join the network.

The EV fast charger on Benn Parade, near Kojonup Swimming Pool, has a 150 kW fast charger and a 22 kW backup charger.

The opening means the South West Loop of the network – including the fast chargers now in Bunbury, Margaret River, Manjimup, Walpole, Albany and Jerramungup – is now complete.

Another fast charging location is expected to open in Brookton in June 2024.

There have been more than 15,000 charging sessions along the WA EV network since the first Geraldton location opened in 2023, with the entire network due to be completed by 2024.

It is expected to be the longest EV network in Australia, stretching more than 7,000 kilometers from Kununurra to Esperance and Eucla.

Western Australia Minister for Energy and Climate Action Reece Whitby said: “It’s great to see range anxiety in the south-west of our state is a thing of the past.

“By encouraging sustainable transport through the WA EV network, the Western Australian Government has put our state on track to achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” Mr Whitby said.

Shelley Payne, Western Australia Member for Agriculture Region, said: “I am proud that the Western Australian Government is investing in one of the longest electric vehicle charging networks in the world.

“The WA EV network forms the backbone of the EV charging infrastructure, which is critical to increasing the confidence of people living in the regions to invest in EVs.

“This charging station is perfectly located between Perth and Albany, making it easier for EV drivers to explore our great south coast.

“I hope visitors using the chargers will cross the road to the Kodja Place museum in Kojonup and discover the rich history of Kojonup,” Ms Payne said.

Featured image: The new Kojonup EV charging station. Thanks to Synergy.