WALGA has welcomed a new State Government grants program launched today to fund some of the costs to purchase and install EV charging stations.
The WA Government on Thursday launched the Charge Up Workplace Grant Program which will see $3.75 million made available to Local Governments, non-profits and small to medium businesses to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
WALGA President Cr Karen Chappel said the grants would help Councils provide more charging sites for the ever-growing number of electric vehicle owners in WA and help accelerate the sector’s transition to EVs.
“In the past few years EVs have become a regular site on our roads in metropolitan Perth and are being seen in increasing numbers on our regional roads and highways,” Cr Chappel said.
“The WA Government grants will help Local Governments provide the necessary infrastructure to further encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.
“Installing more charging stations across WA will help to tackle range anxiety, boost the ability for EV drivers to get out and see our State, and reduce carbon emissions.”
The $3.75m is available under round one of the $15m Charge Up Workplace Grant Program, part of the WA Government’s $60m package to boost electric vehicle uptake.
WALGA is supporting Local Governments to transition their fleets to EVs through streamlined procurement arrangements for charging infrastructure and management software.  WALGA is also leading project on behalf of the sector to the Commonwealth Governments ARENA Future Fuels Program, which has funding available for charging stations to support corporate fleet EVs.
For more information, visit www.wa.gov.au/chargeup
For an interview with WALGA President Karen Chappel please contact: 
WALGA Media and Communications 0448 896 435 or communications@walga.asn.au