Charged and ready to go by December
Tender for Miriam Vale and Bruce Hwy sites closed
QUEENSLAND’s electric highway will be up and running as soon as December as the State Government sets a timeline on the tender which closed this week.
The EV Superhighway electrical vehicle chargers contract includes building recharge stations in Miriam Vale, Mackay, Bowen, Carmila, Marlborough, Tully and Childers.
The successful tenderer would be expected to complete all of the proposed recharge sites in Queensland by December 17.
Gladstone Region mayor Matt Burnett said the installation of the charging station would provide economic benefits for Miriam Vale businesses.
"Businesses and services in Miriam Vale stand to benefit from having an electric vehicle charging station within the vicinity as vehicle owners will have to spend considerable time in town while their vehicles charge," Cr Burnett said.
"The charging station, coupled with the recent refurbishment of the Alf Larson/Lions Park site, will make Miriam Vale a popular stopping point for travellers through our region."
These sites could then be used by the 34,000 registered electric cars in Queensland. 34,000 of a total 4 million.
“As the electric vehicle (EV) market develops in the eastern seaboard capital cities, we believe it will develop in regional Queensland cities from Toowoomba to Cairns and with it the need for public and private charging infrastructure,” Ergon Energy senior network strategy and policy engineer Don McPhail said.
Ergon Energy used a team of engineers to find out where there was an “surplus network capacity” to determine where to put the sites.
“They meticulously drilled right down to individual suburban transformers to identify locations that have surplus capacity knowing the EV market and the need for public and private charging points is going to grow. That will translate into an increase in the demand for power,” Mr McPhail said.
“So we’d rather better utilise our existing assets as potential EV charging point sites rather than upgrade the network at considerable cost which puts upward pressure on electricity prices.”
Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles said the successful contractor would be announced within weeks.
Describing it as a “forward thinking move” Mr Miles said the State Government wanted people “on board” the electric vehicle revolution.
ELECTRIC REVOLUTION: A power point for electric cars will be located in Miriam Vale.