RACQ Head of Public Policy Susan Furze said the Palaszczuk Government would deliver 18 new electric vehicle (EV) charging sites, in addition to the 31 already installed between Cairns and Brisbane.
“We’re proud we’ve been able to support EV owners make the journey along the Queensland coast through our sponsorship of the existing QESH network and an additional six chargers in far north Queensland,” Ms Furze said.
“We know some inland communities had felt left behind and were missing out on capitalising on Australia’s EV uptake and eco-drive tourism to support their local economies due to a lack of charging sites.
“We’ve seen EV sales in Queensland increase significantly and these new sites will mean electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers can travel to places like Mount Isa, Winton, Roma and Stanthorpe without the fear of running out of charge.”
Ms Furze said the initiative would be supported by State Government’s development of the Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy, which RACQ hoped would lead the way for a more sustainable transport system.
“We think this strategy could create industry opportunities for new low emission fuels, provide motorists with better access to renewable-powered hybrids and electric vehicles, and allow us to further explore hydrogen and biofuel options,” she said.
“It was pleasing to see the State Government emphasise the transition to alternative energy plans in its Budget, including the additional $1.5 billion for renewable energy projects as part of the Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund.
“This is important for Queenslanders as we look towards cleaner, greener ways of powering vehicles and homes in the future and building community resilience.”
The new QESH charging stations will be located at:
• Charters Towers
• Julia Creek
• Mount Isa