Queensland will have a 2,000km long road network of EV charging stations that will make up one of the world’s longest electric vehicle highways within six months. The news comes just days after Britain announced all new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040, and introduced a bill supporting a rise in electric vehicle charging points.
The network will be a stretch dotted with super-fast charging stations along the way. Due to be completed in just six months’ time, it is planned so that electric vehicle owners will be able to drive from far-north Queensland to the border of NSW without being more than 100km from a charging station.
The project, in the works for more than two years now, was launched on Thursday by Queensland’s acting roads minister, Steven Miles, who announced the first 18 towns and cities that would make up phase one of the Electric Super Highway, which he said would be the largest in any one state in the world. Miles said the fast chargers – many, but not quite all, of which have been supplied by local Brisbane-Based success-story, Tritium – would be free to use at first, to encourage as many people as possible to start using them. He described the Electric Super Highway project as “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.
The network is announced in a bid to improve pollution levels caused by the large amount of petrol and diesel cars in Queensland. Queensland is Australia’s biggest carbon polluter, with the transport sector making up the state’s second largest source of carbon emissions with 21.1m tonnes in 2014, has almost doubled since 1990. The $3m contract to build the network has been awarded to Brisbane technology company Tritium, which began as a solar car racing parts manufacturer.