The RAC Electric Highway®, the first of its kind in Australia, will be a network of publicly accessible electric vehicle fast-charging DC stations located between Perth and South West. The RAC Electric Highway® builds on an idea by a WA community based committee (Australian Electric Vehicle Association – Perth branch) and will rolled out during 2015.

Our priority is to ensure all Western Australians are able to travel around the state in the safest, most sustainable and efficient way possible. The RAC Electric Highway® also supports our sustainable mobility agenda and work in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars in WA.

The RAC Electric Highway® is a real contribution towards the growth of electric vehicle uptake in the State. Not only is the RAC providing the catalyst to secure and develop an electric vehicle industry in WA, RAC is also supporting and providing many opportunities to benefit local communities and businesses in the short and long term.

The charge network is available to the  general public.

  • Mandurah
    Visitor Centre Carpark, Mandurah Terrace
  • Bunbury
    Symmons Street Carpark
  • Busselton
    Foreshore carpark, located near junction of Geographe Bay Road and West Street (adjacent to Signal Park).
  • Margaret River
    Wallcliffe Road, near junction of Station Road

Coming soon

  • Augusta
    Carpark, Lot 72 Blackwood Avenue (just north of the junction of Ellis Street)
  • Nannup
    Adam Street
  • Bridgetown
    Railway Reserve Carpark, Spencer Street, just south of Steere Street
  • Perth
    RAC, 832 Wellington Street, West Perth
  • Donnybrook
    Exact location coming soon
  • Dunsborough
    Dunn Bay Road (near Lions Park)
  • Fremantle
    Exact location coming soon
  • Harvey
    Exact location coming soon

Additional charge stations may be added at a future date but no plans are in place at the moment.

The infrastructure is owned by the respective local governments.  The charge station management (RFID Swipe cards – fault reports etc.) is handled by chargestar.com.au.  The cards are available by contacting ChargeStar at info@chargestar.com.au or telephone 1300 661 895.

Two types of charging station are located at each destination on the RAC Electric Highway® , DC fast charging and AC slow charging.

Trio Fast Charging Station with Tesla Model S Compatible AC Charging Cable

The Trio fast charging station has three cables, CHAdeMO fast charging, CCS Combo 1 fast charging and an AC cable that can deliver up to 43kW AC to type 2 IEC62196-2 (Mennekes) compatible cars such as the Tesla Model S.

Technical Specifications:

1 DC CSS Combo 1 mode cable/connector
1 DC CHAdeMO mode 4 JEVS G105 cable connector
1 AC Mode3 Type 2 (Mennekes) cable connector for the Tesla Model S
Compatible with AU/NZ 400V AC three phase power supply at a frequency of 50/60 Hz
DC Output
Maximum output current 120 A
Maximum output power 50 kW
Output voltage range 50 – 500 VDC
AC Output
Maximum output current 63 A
Maximum output power 43 kW
Output voltage range 400V AC.

Wallbox/ Bollard Charger

Number of sockets 1
Input AC power supply 1 P + N +PE
AC Voltage 230V AC +/- 10%
Nominal input current 32 A
Nominal input power 7,2 kW
Frequency
Output 50 / 60 Hz
Rated output power 7,2 kW
Rated output current 32 A.
Charge system
Socket A Mode 3 (IEC 61851), Type 1 cable tethered (UNE EN 62196-2)

Charging time depends on the size of the battery pack and method of charging, DC or AC. Most car batteries will charge from flat to 80% in twenty minutes on a DC fast charge. AC charging times range from four to eight hours. Please refer to your vehicle manual to seek clarification about charging times.

No. The driver management services are managed by ChargeStar.

Please contact Chargestar (info@chargestar.com.au/1300 661 895) to request an access (RFID) card.

To charge your vehicle you will require an access (RFID) card to activate the chargers. The cards are available by contacting ChargeStar at info@chargestar.com.au or telephone 1300 661 895.

IMPORTANT NOTE: From 1 January 2016, costs will apply for use of the chargers. Prior to this EV drivers will need to register for an account and a new card.  Communication (via ChargeStar) will be made with all electric vehicle owners prior to this to ensure drivers are aware of any changeover of system/card.

Existing RFID cards should be retained for use on other chargers in Western Australia.

All existing Circontrol RFID cards will work on the chargers at the commencement of the service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: From 1 January 2016, costs will apply for use of the chargers.  Prior to this EV drivers will need to register for an account and a new card.  Communication (via ChargeStar) will be made with all electric vehicle owners prior to this to ensure drivers are aware of any changeover of system/card.

If in doubt, please contact ChargeStar (info@chargestar.com.au/1300 661 895) to confirm you are using the correct card prior to commencing your journey.

Please note: your existing card may still be useable at other chargers in Western Australia, so it is advisable to keep it even after a new one is issued.

Chargers are available on a first-come basis.

To charge your vehicle you will require an access (RFID) card to activate the chargers. The cards are available by contacting ChargeStar at info@chargestar.com.au or telephone 1300 661 895.

IMPORTANT NOTE: From 1 January 2016, costs will apply for use of the chargers. Prior to this EV drivers will need to register for an account and a new card.  Communication (via ChargeStar) will be made with all electric vehicle owners prior to this to ensure drivers are aware of any changeover of system/card.

Existing RFID cards should be retained for use on other chargers in Western Australia.

The chargers are owned by local government and an access charge will be introduced following the free-access period ending 31 December 2015.

To celebrate the launch of Australia’s first Electric vehicle route, RAC will fund the cost of a charge until 31 December 2015.

Yes.
The driver management services for the RAC Electric Highway are managed by ChargeStar.  Contact ChargeStar at info@chargestar.com.au or telephone 1300 661 895.

To charge your vehicle you will require an access (RFID) card to activate the chargers. The cards are available by contacting ChargeStar at info@chargestar.com.au or telephone 1300 661 895.

IMPORTANT NOTE: From 1 January 2016, costs will apply for use of the chargers. Prior to this EV drivers will need to register for an account and a new card.  Communication (via ChargeStar) will be made with all electric vehicle owners prior to this to ensure drivers are aware of any changeover of system/card.

Existing RFID cards should be retained for use on other chargers in Western Australia.

  • If there appears to be a machine fault
  • If there appears to be a vehicle fault (e.g. not charging or connecting properly)
  • If there is a physical fault
  • If I have no credit on my card (if credit is required)
  • If I get to charging station but do not have a card
  • If I get to a charging station and someone else is charging that has not booked or appears to be taking longer than required than their usual charge time

Please telephone 1300 661895 to report a technical or card issue with the charging station.

For physical issues (vandalism, graffiti etc), please report it to the relevant local government.

Details of the helpdesk phone number will be located on each charging unit.

PLEASE NOTE: This service is managed independently. Please do not call the RAC Roadside Assistance as they will be unable to assist with your enquiry.