Three new electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in WA’s Kimberley region servicing the 900km stretch of Northern Highway between Kununurra and Derby.
The stations have been installed by Horizon Power in the remote Kimberley communities of Warmun, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, completing the ‘missing link’ for electric vehicle charging availability around Australia’s perimeter.
Due to their limited travelling range, electric vehicles were previously only able to reach Kununurra in the East Kimberley, or Derby in the West Kimberley.
Horizon Power Retail and Community Manager East Kimberley, Tara Stigwood, said the charging stations were part of the electricity utility’s commitment to a sustainable energy future for regional Western Australia.
“Knowing they can now complete their journey through the Kimberley will encourage more electric vehicle users to travel through this magnificent part of Australia,” Ms Stigwood said.
“That’s great for local businesses and the people in our remote communities.
“We have a range of exciting projects across the state focusing on providing innovative energy choices for customers.
“Making electricity available to power vehicles is just one of the ways we’re working toward our vision for the future of energy.”
National Secretary of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, Chris Jones, said using electric vehicles has a number of benefits.
“In addition to saving on fuel, electric cars are quieter than those with internal combustion engines, and have no exhaust emissions which improves public health and reduces ecological impacts,” Mr Jones said.
The new vehicle charging stations are located at the Warmun Roadhouse, Halls Creek Service Station and Fitzroy Crossing Roadhouse.