The Shire of Exmouth has announced a new joint partnership with Horizon Power and Synergy as they add hundreds of new electric car charging stations around the State. This partnership aims to build Australia’s longest electric vehicle fast-charging network, from Kununurra in the north to Esperance and as far as Eucla in the south. A Shire of Exmouth spokesperson said the local government was determined to find innovative solutions that prioritise the environment without sacrificing convenience. The council’s promotion of electric vehicles offers a cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional gasoline-fuelled vehicles as EVs emit zero tailpipe emissions which reduces overall air pollution. A spokesperson for Horizon Power said the new station was an exciting milestone for the region. “There have been more than 1500 charging sessions along the network since the first charging site went live in Geraldton in April 2023,” they said. “The central location at the Ningaloo Centre will be a crucial part of the network, opening up the region further for EV drivers in WA.” When complete, EV drivers will have access to 98 EV charging stations across 49 locations along major West Australian transport routes. The locations selected for installing these charging stations were identified in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategic Planning Report with input derived from Local Government Authorities and Regional Development Commissions. The 150kW DC fast charger at the Ningaloo Centre can charge an EV in as little as 20 minutes. The electric vehicle highway is one part of the State Government’s Electric Vehicle Action Plan will provide an integrated set of actions designed to deliver a future where EVs contribute to a safe, reliable and efficient electricity system while accelerating our transition to a low-carbon future. Shire President Darlene Allston said that the council’s commitment to a greener future has been commendable. “With their efforts, the administration has fast-tracked the installation at the Ningaloo Centre so that travellers and visitors can now access more eco-friendly ways of getting around, reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment,” she said.