Car charg­ing sta­tion first

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Elec­tric car own­ers can now recharge in Kar­ratha af­ter a lo­cal ho­tel in­stalled the town’s first charg­ing sta­tion.

The Ranges Kar­ratha has two Tesla charg­ers and a generic three-phase charger.

Gen­eral man­ager Barry Har­ri­son said ho­tel staff had been con­tacted by Tesla Club WA rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Aus­tralian Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber David Lloyd, who was try­ing to es­tab­lish a trail of charg­ers around Aus­tralia.

The Ranges spent $500 in­stalling the generic charger, while the Tesla ports were in­stalled at the man­u­fac­turer’s cost. Mr Lloyd said elec­tric cars were grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and the mis­sion to es­tab­lish a trail of charg­ers around Aus­tralia was well on its way to com­ple­tion.

“Two-and-a-half years ago when I started, there were vir­tu­ally no elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ers in WA,” he said.

“Now they’re spread­ing out like crumbs to ev­ery­where.

“We al­ready had them at the Pin­na­cles, Carnar­von, Cable Beach and Ger­ald­ton.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The Ranges’ Barry Har­ri­son and Mi­randa Craig.

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