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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 104 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 March 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 21 March 2018

      104. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:
Western Australia was a leader in the installation of charging infrastructure, particularly with the electric vehicles trial and RAC's electric highway. I understand that Synergy is now working with the Australian Electric Vehicle Association to install 70 charge points across the state.
(1) What is the average cost of installing these charging stations?
(2) How much of this cost is subsidised by the government?
(3) What is the breakdown within the 70 charge stations between slow and fast charge stations?
      (4) What plans and what time frame does the government have to extend the reach of charging infrastructure beyond this project?
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1) The charging points were gifted by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association to establishments—for example, caravan parks and local businesses—which then installed them with their own electricians.
      (2) Synergy gifted 50 devices to the Australian Electric Vehicle Association at a total cost of $1 650, or $33 for each socket.
      (3) All charging points provided by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association were five-pin three-phase sockets, which are similar to household chargers, and connected to a maximum of 32 amps. These chargers are deemed slow chargers.
      (4) The government is assessing the best way forward for Western Australia with regard to the uptake of electric vehicles and installation of supporting infrastructure. This issue spans multiple government portfolios, including transport, energy, environment and innovation. A coordinated approach is being taken to discussions across portfolios and the relevant government trading enterprises. These conversations are ongoing and will inform government policy moving forward. To date, Western Power has assisted the RAC in installing its electric highway charging stations and is currently also assisting a private proponent in planning 24/7 charging infrastructure. Synergy has partnered with the University of Western Australia charging network trial—REV project—to provide upgrades to eight existing chargers and to access data from all the chargers to better understand EV driver behaviour and movement patterns. In addition, Synergy has sponsored two chargers at Synergy's office in the Forrest Centre, one at Homebase Subiaco, two at Joondalup Shopping Centre and one at White Gum Valley to expand the EV charging station network.