Charged and ready to go by De­cem­ber

Ten­der for Miriam Vale and Bruce Hwy sites closed

The Observer - - NEWS - Camp­bell Gel­lie

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.

PHOTO: QUEENS­LAND GOV­ERN­MENT

ELEC­TRIC REV­O­LU­TION: A power point for elec­tric cars will be lo­cated in Miriam Vale.

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