These two sets of chargers are 5kms apart not far from the
Forrest highway 160kms south of Perth, they’re are both excellent charging
facilities that provide a welcome link for drivers heading to the south west
corner of the state.
Treendale consists of 2 charging outlets with a maximum charge rate of 350kw, although currently there are no electric vehicles in Australia that can accept that power output. As of today (28/12/2020) the cost is 40 cents per kWh with no connection fee via the Chargefox network. In addition to the reasonable cost per unit the ability for 2019 onward Tesla’s to charge at rates as high as 190kw makes the Treendale charger an attractive alternative.
The Eaton Superchargers are part of the Tesla network, the
bank of 6 charging outlets have a maximum charge rate of 135kw, for those
without access to free supercharging credits the 52 cents per kWh cost can
appear excessive compared to charging at home but is acceptable for a top up
every few weeks.
The clear advantage of the Tesla supercharger is the
convenience of the set up, firstly you can detour into Eaton with the surety
that at least one of the 6 charging bays will be available to use, having the
ability to check via the Tesla app how many chargers are occupied before
arrival is an added bonus, but best of all the “plug in and walk off”
set up is so much better than opening a phone app and waiting for a connection
as often occurs with most other non Tesla chargers.
In summary, if you have a newer Tesla with the ability to
charge at higher rates the Treendale chargers are the better alternative, the
downside is you run the risk that eventually both charge bays will be occupied
on arrival. If your not concerned about saving a few minutes and a few dollars
the Eaton superchargers are the best option, park up, plug in, walk off
completely hassle free.
Tesla Owners Club Western Australia (TOCWA) has doubled the reach of fast DC chargers north of Perth by installing a 50kW Tritium charger at Geraldton – Western Australia’s third largest city. This world first Owners Club initiative serves to open the mid-west region of Western Australia to all EV owners wishing to travel to tourist hotspots such as Kalbarri and Monkey Mia. It also drastically shortens the transit time of EVs pressing further north to destinations such as Carnarvon and Coral Bay.