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Keeping Western Australia’s EV drivers moving

Gemtek provides upgrade services for RAC Electric Highway 


Western Australia is officially “The Road Trip State” and while blessed with boundless renewable energy resources, also features a road and electricity network longer than most countries around the world.

The RAC WA has been Australia’s EV “ICE” breaker, installing Australia’s first Electric Highway in 2015, to connect Perth with Augusta in the South West, one of WA’s most popular tourist routes. Adding to this network in 2021, a charger was installed in Pemberton, in the Shire of Manjimup.

The RAC WA Electric Highway has been operating for over 6 years, and has seen many new models of Electric cars come on to the market. In 2021, given the age of the first generation Circontrol 50KW DC Fast Chargers, the RAC WA are now upgrading the network, and deploying Australian manufactured Tritium RT50 chargers.

Gemtek Group have to date deployed over 90% of Tritium Fast Chargers in Western Australia, and are the only certified service agent for the Australian manufacturer in the state.

Battling tough conditions in the wettest winter WA’s South West has seen in over 20 years, Gemtek service crews mobilized to ensure chargers were operational as soon as possible, to meet the fast growing number of Electric Vehicle travelers heading south for holidays, and popular events like the Manjimup Truffle Kerfuffle.

With over 100 new Electric Vehicles arriving in Western Australia each month (*) in 2021, and prices for new electric vehicles continuing to fall, it is expected that there will be significant bottle necks on current infrastructure, as isolated West Australian’s rely on regional travel during planned holidays.

Ahead of a planned State Government EV Charging network, reaching from Esperance to Kununurra, the RAC WA and organizations like Synergy, Horizon Power, the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, the University of Western Australia, local businesses and even private individuals have worked hard to ensure that EV travelers can reach destinations like Albany, Esperance, Augusta, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie, as Western Australia transitions to Zero Emission Transport along with the rest of the world.

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