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Electric vehicles plug in to the network’s future

The question of ‘if?’ electric vehicles will become mainstream, has changed to ‘when?’.

And Western Power is excited by the growing technology.

Last year saw automakers make several electric vehicle announcements, with Toyota planning to electrify its entire line up by 2025, General Motors planning for 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 and Volvo announced that all models introduced after 2019 will either be hybrids or all-electric.

11 new models are set to reach Australian shores in 2019. 

Manufacturers are making more electric or plug-in hybrid models available to tap into customers’ increased desire for cars that have lower emissions and are cheaper to run. Many are setting targets to phase out traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has predicted that electric vehicles will reach cost parity with internal combustion engine vehicles by 2025, with the cost of battery technology set to reshape the auto industry.

Europe, China and California are leading the charge as more governments are changing policy to incentivise the mass adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Australia is following this global trend to greener transport.

We are involved in a Western Australian electric vehicle working group, which looks to drive up the penetration of the technology in WA and Australia wide. We are also an active member on the Electric Vehicle Council and are engaging with multiple external parties to ensure we plan the network for the future.

Our team is actively working to understand the short and long-term effect of a widespread rollout of electric vehicles on the electricity network, and how we can ensure both customers and Western Power gets the most out of this technology.

We’re driven to build a modular network that give you the freedom to plug in your car and enjoy a network-connected lifestyle.

100% battery electric vehicles use electricity stored in a rechargeable battery to power the electric motor. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have an option to use the internal combustion engine, which is fuelled like regular cars, or can be powered by a smaller battery which is recharged by plugging into the grid.