Fremantle welcomes electric cars with charging points on Cappuccino Strip

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ELECTRIC cars can get charging along the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip, with four charging points now live.

The four 22 kilowatt charging points are compatible with most electric vehicles, with a one-hour charge giving between 18-40 kilometres of driving distance depending on the car.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Transport said electric vehicles make up a small portion of the current vehicle market in Australia.

“There are eight battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in Fremantle as of June 2018,” she said.

“There are 366 BEVs in WA as a whole.

“The total BEVs in Western Australia has increased – as at June 2017 the number of BEVs was 280.”

Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt said he expected a lot of electric cars will come to Fremantle because of the charging points.

“The charging stations will also encourage more electric car owners to visit Fremantle and spend more time and money here, so that’s a very positive outcome for the City,” he said.

“We are seeing similar free EV charging rolled out at other major shopping destinations around Perth but Fremantle was one of the first to offer this incentive.

“The City will be charged the standard Synergy business tariff for the power used by the chargers, and obviously the more they’re used the more it will cost, but the costs aren’t very high.

“It will vary depending on the car and charging speeds but on average it will cost the City a few dollars per hour for each EV to charge.”

Dr Pettitt said the charging units were selected and installed in consultation with the Australian Electric Vehicles Association, but the City doesn’t have any arrangement with any businesses to promote electric cars.