RAC (WA) charges ahead with "Electric Highway" - electric vehicle recharging stations

First of its kind in Australia

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Sign directing towards a vehicle recharge station
Hardy Inlet Augusta from the book Margaret River by Frances Andrijich


Drivers of electric cars will soon have drastically improved access to the Margaret River Region, with RAC officially launching its 'Electric Highway®' next week - the first of its kind in Australia.

The RAC Electric Highway is a network of publicly accessible electric vehicle fast-charging DC stations located between Perth and Augusta, allowing electric car owners to travel to and from the Margaret River Region in the safest, most sustainable and efficient way possible.

The stations support RAC's sustainable mobility agenda and work in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars in WA, and will also allow car owners to charge their eco-friendly machines in only 30 minutes – a dramatic reduction on the 10-12 hours it can sometimes take.

RAC Executive General Manager Pat Walker said RAC is proud to launch Australia’s first Electric Highway, and believes it will have a strong impact on intrastate tourism for the Margaret River Region.

“The RAC Electric Highway will enable owners of electric vehicles to travel to the State’s South West, and will benefit the region by attracting electric vehicle drivers to destinations along the route" said Mr Walker.

“RAC has a long tradition of providing tourism services to members. We believe this exciting new project will generate benefits to the local tourism industry in the South West.“

Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association CEO Pip Close advised it would be a great advantage for electric car owners in Perth and greater Western Australia.

"Perth and intrastate is our biggest market, so to increase accessibility to the Margaret River Region by introducing an Electric Highway is a fantastic idea," said Ms Close.

"It shows real innovation and foresight - the number of electric car owners is destined to increase.

"It also complements the region's clean, green outlook, so we are delighted to support this initiative from RAC," she said.


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