RACQ powers up Qld’s Electric Vehicle Superhighway
The State’s peak motoring body has joined forces with the Queensland Government and innovative energy company Yurika to switch on 13 new charging stations on the Queensland Electric Vehicle Superhighway (QESH).
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the QESH was the world's longest electric vehicle (EV) highway to run through one State and stretched from the border to far north Queensland, and from Brisbane to Toowoomba.
“We’ve seen EV sales in Australia grow by 200 percent in the past year alone and EV technology is only going to continue to grow in popularity, which is why RACQ is so keen to sponsor this initiative and provide Queensland drivers with more options for travel,” Dr Michael said.
“We’re all holidaying at home this year due to COVID-19, and these new chargers make it easier for EV drivers to get out and explore our great State.
“By the end of this year these chargers will be installed at Springwood, Ipswich, North Lakes, Forest Glen, Gympie, Gunalda (Curra), Gin Gin, Mt Larcom, Proserpine, Ayr, Cardwell, Innisfail and Port Douglas. We’re proud to sponsor the 13 new chargers along with the 18 existing chargers on the QESH.
“We know range anxiety can be a real concern for drivers, afraid they can’t get from their desired location on one charge. Having a comprehensive and connected charging network can give drivers confidence to switch to low emission vehicles.”
Dr Michael said the QESH was also the cheapest fast charging network in the country, with the average charge costing around $3.
“At 20 cents per kilowatt hour, the QESH is an affordable option for Queenslanders and much cheaper than a traditional tank of fuel,” she said.
"EVs not only reduce fuel costs for motorists, but are also an environmentally-friendly transport option, particularly when charged from renewable energy like the QESH.”
RACQ also proudly sponsored six electric vehicle chargers in key tourism hotspots in Cairns, which connected to the QESH.