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Question Without Notice No. 1066 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 November 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 1 November 2018

ELECTRIC VEHICLES — CHARGING POINTS

1066. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

Last week, on 21 October, The Australian reported that a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle recharge stations powered exclusively by renewable energy will receive $6 million in funding from the federal government and that range anxiety is cited as a major reason for the lack of uptake of electric vehicles. This is especially the case in Western Australia, which is so geographically dispersed. The article goes on to state that of the 21 stations to be built, only three stations will be located in WA, north and south of Perth.

(1) Is the minister aware of where these will be located; and, if so, where will they be located?

(2) Noting that the government's Western Australian electric vehicle working group has identified infrastructure as a key deliverable, will the minister provide an indication of when we will see new charging stations being funded and installed by the WA government?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) No.

(2) The WA electric vehicle working group was formed in 2017 and is chaired by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Main Roads WA, in conjunction with the University of Western Australia, is leading a research project that is still in progress on priority locations, types and requirements for electric vehicle infrastructure in Western Australia.