Scheme for electric cars charges on
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.