New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations For WA

 

Announced on the 1st of December, new electric vehicle charging stations for Western Australia (WA) have been signed off in a $21 million Electric Vehicle Strategy that will deliver Australia’s longest EV charging network to date.

WA Climate PolicyElectric Car

As one of Australia’s worst carbon emitters, WA’s Climate Policy hasn’t been met with much warmth from The Conservation Council of Western Australia. Doubts over WA’s ability to hit zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has sparked conversation over how WA can do more towards climate reform.

One part of the Climate Policy however that has the approved tick, is the Electric Vehicle Strategy. As explained by WA premier Mark McGowan, the strategy will “provide a pathway towards decarbonising road transport and improving air quality in Western Australia.”

The uptake of the Electric Vehicle Strategy offers industry and economic support for the WA Governments Future Battery Industry Strategy and Renewable Hydrogen Strategy.

Sourced from Mark McGowan Facebook

25% Of Government Fleets To Be Turned Electric

As part of the new strategy, the Government fleet cars will be one of the first to switch to electric. Over 25% of fleet cars will be transitioned to EV while, Government buildings will now host charging stations.

The Length Of The Network

The strategy supports the development of electric vehicle infrastructure so that EV cars have the capacity to run from Kununurra all the way to Esperance.

When complete, the electric vehicle charging infrastructure network will be one of the longest developed in Australia to date.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations | WA

Sourced from RAC

For those of you that may not be well acquainted with all things EV, Australia already has substantial electric charging stations to support EV drivers.

With over 2307 spots to recharge across Australia, switching to an electric car is easier than ever.

One thing that you also may not know is that electric vehicles can be charged from a typical wall socket. So even if you are not near a designated charging station you can still recharge on the go!

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Rooftop solar panel installation is a great way to transition your home to renewable energy. Once your saving on your energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint, an electric car is the perfect next step.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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