Queensland powering up EV Superhighway
The Queensland Government continues to invest in the electric future of the state, with 13 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations currently under construction that will form part of the Queensland Electric Vehicle Superhighway (QESH).
The QESH, which first went live in 2018, is the longest EV highway in the world to travel through one state, and currently has 18 live sites between Coolangatta and Cairns, with the additional 13 sites to take that total to 31.
With EV sales in Australia continuing to trend in an upward direction, the Palaszczuk Government identified the need for more support for EV uptake upon entering office in 2015.
In 2017, ‘The Future is Electric: Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Strategy’ was released, making Queensland the first state to introduce an EV strategy. It was this strategy that first identified the need for the QESH, according to Transport Minister Mark Bailey.
“A key action from the strategy was building the QESH, which began operating in early 2018 and eventually included 18 charging sites,” said Mr Bailey.
“We made those charging stations free to use for the first 12 months to encourage people to try electric vehicles, and since that time we’ve also seen more affordable EV models come into the market.”
Bailey also made it clear that it was imperative that the charging technology was available and accessible to Queenslanders right across the state to support the wider uptake of the vehicles.
“Motorists who may be thinking about making the switch to an EV need to have confidence that the charging infrastructure they need are easily found in regional areas, not just busy urban centres.”
The 13 charging stations, which cost the Government $2.5 million to install, are expected to be live by the end of the year and can be found at the following locations:
- Port Douglas
- Mt Larcom
- Gin Gin
- Forest Glen
- North Lakes
Source: EVtalk | Queensland EV Superhighway powers up
11 September 2020