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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)


    Western Australia

    ARENA Program

    Driving the Nation Program

  • Start date

    1 February 2024

    End date

    1 April 2026

  • Project Partners
    The State of Western Australia and multiple local councils


WALGA will coordinate the purchase and installation of 105 units of charging infrastructure on behalf of 22 Local Governments (LGs) in Western Australia, the Local Governments will purchase 129 light battery electric vehicles (BEVs). 


To achieve Australia’s net zero emissions target by 2050 it is imperative that the transport sector is decarbonised. LGs have the ability to play a key role in the transition to BEVs and creation of a second-hand market. The Project aims to overcome key barriers for LGs in Western Australia when transitioning to BEV fleets such as insufficient charging infrastructure in proposed LG regions, limited grid capacity to support charging infrastructure and the total cost of ownership of BEVs which currently remains higher than an equivalent Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle.  

Through collective procurement, on behalf of LGs, WALGA will streamline commonly challenging processes for individual LGs such as providing proof of concept required in regional areas, facilitating the development of a corporate fleet transition plan, and knowledge dissemination on fit for purpose hardware and software.  


The project will involve aggregating the procurement and deployment of charging infrastructure (83 x 7- 22kW AC chargers, 22 x 24-60kW DC chargers) across 22 LG light vehicle fleets. The Project involves LGs procuring 129 BEVs. This enables LGs in Western Australia to confidently begin their fleet electrification transition, and for the participating LGs to accelerate their transitions. 


The Project objectives will be achieved through the following outcomes:  

  • Overcoming barriers to accelerate BEV uptake in fleets across a variety of LG  types (e.g., metro, regional, rural); 
  • Demonstrating new use cases for facilitating fleet electrification through scalable procurement and aggregator models; and  
  • Increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to optimising the integration of BEVs into the grid (using a mix of AC and DC chargers) for LG fleets. 

Additional impact

The Project presents a meaningful opportunity to accelerate the transition of LG fleets. 

The Project will be one of the first large-scale, light BEV deployments in WA to consider the requirements for procuring and installing charging infrastructure in hard-to-access, regional and remote areas. 

Knowledge Sharing items the Project seeks to address: 

  • The impact of adoption of EVs on key operational aspects, including corporate policy frameworks for staff private use of BEVs, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), energy management and grid integration, fleet management and performance, and driver acceptance and training.  
  • Proof of concept for installation and use of charging infrastructure and BEVs in regional areas.   
  • How local governments can support the commercialisation of EVs.
Last updated
07 March 2024
Last updated 07 March 2024
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