The Kimberley has just received its first electric vehicle fast charger as part of the WA EV Network rollout, with the new infrastructure coming online in Broome on July 19.

The fast charger at Town Beach car park is the first of eight which will be installed across the Kimberley, including at Derby, where construction has already started, and Kununurra.

EV drivers can use the new 150-kilowatt charger to quickly top up their vehicles, with charging times as short as 20 minutes

It is part of the WA EV Network which will span 7000km from Kununurra to Esperance and to Eucla in the east, providing charging infrastructure during long journeys.

Tim Washington, the chief executive of JET Charge — the technology providers for the State-wide EV Network — said robust and comprehensive EV charging infrastructure in regional locations such as Broome was essential for accelerating the transition to electric mobility in Australia.

“Instilling EV drivers with the confidence to explore our beautiful country, knowing charging infrastructure is readily available, is vital to our transition,” he said.

Horizon Power and Synergy are spearheading the implementation of the State Government’s WA EV Network, encompassing 98 charging stations across 49 locations that will link Perth to regional WA.

Horizon Power chief executive Stephanie Unwin said the company was proud to be delivering fast chargers to locations across regional and remote WA.

“The evolution and uptake of electric vehicles is probably one of the biggest changes we’ll see to transport in our lifetime and having the right infrastructure in place is critical in reducing the barriers for EV use,” she said.

Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said it was an exciting step forward for residents and tourist operators in Broome.

“I look forward to the next fast charging station in Derby opening over the coming months as the Kimberley region adapts to a cleaner, greener energy future,” she said.

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