Queensland’s electric super highway complete

Motorists can now drive an electric vehicle from Cairns to Coolangatta thanks to the construction of charging stations along what has been named a ‘super highway’.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said charging stations were now at Bowen, Cairns, Carmila, Childers, Gatton, Hamilton, Coolangatta, Mackay, Marlborough, Maryborough, Miriam Vale, Rockhampton, Springfield, Cooroy, Townsville, Toowoomba and Tully.

“We now have the world’s longest electric vehicle super highway in a single state stretching all the way up our beautiful eastern coastline,” Minister Bailey said.

“To encourage the uptake and interest in electric vehicles, the fast-charging stations are available for use at no cost for the initial phase of the super highway.”

RACQ’s Rebecca Michael said while it was a positive step forward, more needed to be done to encourage the take up of electric vehicles.

“Fewer than 300 fully electric cars were sold across Australia last year,” Dr Michael said.

“We need to see incentives from the State and Federal Governments which encourage motorists to switch their petrol-powered vehicles to electric cars – things like registration fee discounts and the removal of stamp duty on new cars.

“We’ve seen similar measures introduced in other countries where the uptake has been phenomenal. Unfortunately Australia is lagging behind and this needs to be rectified.”