Scheme for elec­tric cars charges on

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A STRING of charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric cars will be set up be­tween the Gold Coast and Cairns, in an “elec­tric su­per high­way” it’s hoped will en­cour­age the use of the green ve­hi­cles.

Act­ing Queens­land Main Roads Min­is­ter Steven Miles said the charg­ing sta­tions would be rolled out at 18 lo­ca­tions from Coolan­gatta to Cairns in the next six months, cost­ing about $ 3 mil­lion.

“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,” Dr Miles said.

“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.”

Dur­ing bud­get es­ti­mates hear­ings in State Par­lia­ment, Op­po­si­tion main roads spokesman An­drew Pow­ell said he had re­ceived a let­ter from an elec­tric car owner con­cerned their car wouldn’t be able to use the charg­ers.

Di­rec­tor- Gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads Neil Scales said the charg­ing sta­tions should fit “most” types of elec­tric cars.

Mr Scales said there were “around 700” elec­tric cars in use on Queens­land roads.

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