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Queensland to build one of the world's longest electric vehicle highways
July 29, 2017 Joshua Robertson
The route, which will span 2,000km, will offer drivers 18 free recharging stations
Queensland will have a 2,000km network of electric vehicle charging stations that make up one of the world’s longest electric vehicle highways within six months.
The state government announced Thursday it would build an 18-station network stretching along Queensland’s east coast from Cairns to Coolangatta and west to Toowoomba. The stations, which recharge a vehicle in 30 minutes, will offer free power for at least a year in what the environment minister, Steven Miles, said was a bid to boost the number of electric cars on Queensland roads,.
“This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low emissions future,” Miles said. The $3m network had “the potential to revolutionise the way we travel around Queensland in the future,” he added.
Queensland’s “electric highway” will span a comparable distance to the “West Coast electric highway” in the US, which runs from California to Oregon and Washington state. However it is dwarfed by the Trans-Canada EV highway, which, at about 8,000km, is the world’s longest.
The Queensland stations, would be powered with “green energy”
[© Guardian News & Media 2017]
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Cairns gets first fast-charge station for Queensland’s Electric Super Highway
June 28, 2017 Tom Volling
Energy Queensland’s Charles Rattray at launch of Queenslands first fast charge station (shown in the background: driver plugging EVSE into their EV to get a charge, located in the middle of parking lot)
A SUPER highway that hopes to encourage people to buy electric vehicles was zapped to life at the Cairns Esplanade this morning.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey unveiled the first of about 60 electric vehicle charging stations that will be rolled out at various locations from the Gold Coast to the Far North.
The project, which has been dubbed the Queensland Electric Super Highway, will be the world’s largest for one state.
Mr Bailey said the Government’s vision was to get as many people involved in the “electric vehicle revolution”.
“That’s why fast-charging stations will also be available for use at no cost for the initial phase of the super highway,” he said.
A recent Household Energy Survey showed 50 per cent of Queenslanders will consider an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid or regenerative breaking hybrid when purchasing a new car in the next two years.
Results showed 64 per cent of respondents believed improvements to public fast-charging infrastructure would further tempt them into purchasing an electric vehicle.
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said this was an electrifying day for the Far North.
“What makes this even more exciting is the fact that the energy supplied in this fast-charging station and others to follow will be green energy purchased through green energy credits or offsets” he said.
“EVs can provide not only a reduced fuel cost for Queenslanders, but an environmentally-friendly transport option, particularly when charged from renewable energy.”
The project is being developed through a collaboration between Energy Queensland and several State Government Departments and local councils.
[© News Corp 2017]
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