Su­per­high­way of 1 800km to boost elec­tric car use in Aus­tralia

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AUS­TRALIA is build­ing a su­per­high­way of­fer­ing free charg­ing sta­tions in a bid to boost use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, the north­east­ern state of Queens­land said yes­ter­day. The move comes as gov­ern­ments around the world reg­u­late to cut emis­sions by boost­ing the use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

Bri­tain this week said it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, fol­low­ing France. The may­ors of Paris, Madrid, Mex­ico City and Athens have said they plan to ban diesel ve­hi­cles from city cen­tres by 2025.

Aus­tralia’s new su­per­high­way, an 1 800km stretch of mostly coastal road along­side the Great Bar­rier Reef, will be sup­plied by re­new­able en­ergy, state min­is­ter Steven 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,” he added.

Eigh­teen towns and cities will make up the first phase of the su­per­high­way, which will be­come op­er­a­tional in the next six months, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to drive an elec­tric ve­hi­cle from the state’s south­ern bor­der to the far north, he added.

The road runs from Coolan­gatta on the bor­der of neigh­bour­ing New South Wales to the city of Cairns, in Aus­tralia’s far north. Bris­bane-based charg­ing sta­tion maker Tri­tium will sup­ply most of the project’s charg­ing sta­tions, a spokesper­son for the state gov­ern­ment said, with Sch­nei­der Elec­tric sup­ply­ing the rest.

The gov­ern­ment’s early sup­port for the project is a sig­nal to the mar­ket that Queens­land is se­ri­ous about elec­tric ve­hi­cles, said Be­hyad Ja­fari, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Aus­tralia’s Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Coun­cil. – Reuters

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