Fu­ture is elec­tric for Queens­land

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THE fu­ture of mo­tor­ing in Queens­land was launched at Par­lia­ment House in Bris­bane re­cently – and it is elec­tric.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter and Act­ing Main Roads Min­is­ter Steven Miles of­fi­cially kick-started the elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) rev­o­lu­tion in the state with the launch of the Queens­land Elec­tric Su­per High­way – the world’s long­est in one state.

Mr Miles said the su­per high­way would be a se­ries of fast-charg­ing EV sta­tions which would be rolled out at lo­ca­tions up the Queens­land coast from the Gold Coast to Cairns to en­cour­age the up­take of elec­tric ve­hi­cles in Queens­land.

“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,” Mr Miles said.

“I’m an­nounc­ing the first 18 towns and cities that make up phase one of the Elec­tric Su­per High­way and will, once op­er­a­tional in the next six months, make it pos­si­ble to drive an elec­tric ve­hi­cle from the state’s south­ern bor­der to the far north.

“They will be avail­able for use at no cost for the ini­tial phase of the su­per high­way so we can en­cour­age as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to start us­ing them.”

The fast-charg­ing sta­tions will be lo­cated at Cairns, Tully, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Carmila, Marl­bor­ough, Rock­hamp­ton, Miriam Vale, Childers, Mary­bor­ough, Cooroy, Bris­bane, He­lensvale, Coolan­gatta, Spring­field, Gat­ton and Toowoomba.

Mr Miles said what made the an­nounce­ment even more ex­cit­ing was the fact the en­ergy sup­plied in the fast-charg­ing sta­tions would be green en­ergy pur­chased through green en­ergy cred­its or offsets.

“EVs can pro­vide not only a re­duced fuel cost for Queens­lan­ders, but an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly trans­port op­tion, par­tic­u­larly when charged from re­new­able en­ergy. The Queens­land Elec­tric Su­per High­way has the po­ten­tial to rev­o­lu­tionise the way we travel around Queens­land in the fu­ture.”

Mr Miles said elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­er­ship rates around the world were in­creas­ing, largely due to sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in bat­tery tech­nol­ogy and con­tin­ued cost re­duc­tions in EVs.

“The most re­cent Queens­land House­hold En­ergy Sur­vey showed that 50% of Queens­lan­ders will con­sider an elec­tric ve­hi­cle, plug-in hy­brid or re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing hy­brid when pur­chas­ing a new car in the next two years and that the ma­jor­ity said im­prove­ments to pub­lic fast-charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture would fur­ther tempt them into pur­chas­ing an EV,” he said.

Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Coun­cil CEO Be­hyad Ja­fari said the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment was to be com­mended for its na­tional lead­er­ship in sup­port of the elec­tric ve­hi­cle in­dus­try.

“This ini­tial sup­port from gov­ern­ment serves as a sig­nal to the mar­ket that Queens­land is se­ri­ous about elec­tric ve­hi­cles and pro­vides cer­tainty to un­lock in­vest­ment to grow our econ­omy and cre­ate new, high skilled jobs,” he said.

“I en­cour­age all gov­ern­ments across Aus­tralia to fol­low suit, par­tic­u­larly as this sup­port will help to pro­vide mo­torists with in­creased choice of cars that are cheaper and health­ier to op­er­ate.”

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