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Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by ElectricAutos, Sep 11, 2015.
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Plugshare is showing Dunsborough, Nannup and Harvey are now live. Only Bridgetown, Donnybrook and Fremantle to go.
It seems that Fremantle and Bridgetown installations have stalled indefinitely. I wonder if they would consider other locations for an install, like extending down to Albany or maybe using these 2 'spare' chargers to open up a fast charging route north to Geraldton.
Given the apparent significant reduction in patronage once the charge stations were handed over to chargestar with subsequent fees of $0.45 per kWh, "stalled indefinitely" is probably more akin to cancelled altogether.
I understand the sticking point at Bridgetown is ducting that crosses 2 metres of private railway land, in the end Bridgetown business miss out as EV drivers go via Donnybrook instead.
The powers to be in Fremantle see the town as some romantic port city that sweeps people off their feet, all I see is a dirty rundown suburb with buildings in disrepair, broken windows everywhere, violence and those in charge claiming to be progressive while nothing gets achieved except to further their political aspirations, even the football team named after Fremantle is moving 20kms South to the City of Cockburn.
It's unfortunate that Bridgetown has stalled over what seems to be a small issue.
I don't see that under current circumstances Fremantle will ever get legs and the location doesn't seem to add any value to an electric highway given proximity to other charging options nearby. My feeling is that consideration should be given to using this charger in another town. Either to extend the capabilities of the SW charging network or as the start of a network heading North or East.
Given the business model for the new owners of the EH is based on data from the free times it is likely that the operator will go the way of Better Place (which went itself to a better place). I suggest AEVA offer to buy it & form a holding company & operate the network itself. NB a Tesla could go from Perth to Augusta on one charge and once SC start in the west this will be even worse for them,