The Courier-Mail

Electric vehicle take-up surges

- JACK McKAY DOMANII CAMERON

ELECTRIC vehicle uptake in Queensland has jumped more than 140 per cent in just one year, as usage of the state’s charging stations surges.

But the total number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads is still significan­tly smaller than the millions of petrol-powered cars registered in Queensland.

New figures have revealed there were an extra 1006 EVs privately registered in the Sunshine State in the 12 months to June 30 last year – an increase of 143 per cent from the same time the year before.

The increase during 2019-20 was bigger than the two previous financial years combined, bringing the total number of privately registered electric vehicles in Queensland to 1709.

Last year, there were 9697 charging sessions on the Queensland Electric Super Highway – more than triple the 2247 charges undertaken in 2018. The sites with the highest number of charging sessions in 2020 were Coolangatt­a and Helensvale on the Gold Coast, Cairns in the state’s far north and Brisbane suburb Hamilton.

The government says the current positionin­g of the electric super highway’s 31 stations would allow electric vehicle drivers to “easily” recharge from Coolangatt­a to Port Douglas and from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the state government was keen to work with shopping centres and residentia­l developers to “see more charging stations put in place”.

“And we’ll continue to work closely with industry bodies like the EV Council and to listen to what they say is required to drive more take-up of EVs,” Mr Bailey said.

“Our action has also seen a number of public transport operators buy their own electric buses, opportunit­ies for hydrogen vehicles and industry right here in Queensland.

“I have consistent­ly advocated for greater EV uptake and national leadership,” he said.

Mr Bailey said the federal government should provide incentives to make electric vehicles more affordable and to help them enter the market.

“When I speak to the community, when I speak to industry, the biggest hurdle for buying an EV is what’s available and affordabil­ity,” he said.

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