The Queensland Government is installing 24 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of the next phase of the Queensland Electric Super Highway.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the project would deliver on the State Government’s commitment to reduce emissions.
“We’ve already built an electric vehicle superhighway of 31 charging stations from Coolangatta to Port Douglas and Brisbane to Toowoomba,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Now we’re extending that out west by building 24 new fast-charging stations in western Queensland as part of our commitment to reducing transport emissions and improving connectivity for electric vehicle road users.
“Phase 3 had already been allocated $2.75 million to build 18 sites at Charters Towers, Hughenden, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Emerald, Dingo, Charleville, Roma, Miles, Kingaroy and Esk.
“I am pleased to announce an additional $1.08 million has been secured to deliver six more charging stations at Richmond, Kynuna, Injune, Rolleston, St George and Cunnamulla.”
Phase 3 works are expected to start from mid-2022 with all 24 sites expected to become progressively operational by mid-2023.
Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said this now extends the Electric Super Highway from Mount Isa in the north west to Goondiwindi in the south.
“This provides a regional connector between rural and city areas to create more tourism and economic development opportunities,” Mr Bailey said.
“As more and more people take up EVs, we know the issue of range anxiety has been raised, which is why we will continue to supercharge our highways to make sure people have the confidence to take those longer trips into regional Queensland.
“As an EV driver I know how important the spacing, ease of access and speed of charging can be when you’re on a road trip so I’m proud to deliver better charging infrastructure for everyone who needs it.”
The Queensland Government will continue to work with delivery partner, Yurika, and local councils across the state to determine the most appropriate location for the new Phase 3 sites and obtain the necessary development approvals.
Mr Bailey said between 2018 and 30 April 2022, more than 55,000 Queensland Electric Super Highway charging sessions were logged, saving between 1148-1347t of CO2 emissions compared to similar light petrol or diesel vehicles.
“This is the equivalent of removing 391 petrol or diesel vehicles from Queensland roads,” Mr Bailey said.
“Over the past few years the number of EVs has skyrocketed from as low as 700 to nearly 9000, and I want to see this number continue to rise.”
Once complete, the Electric Super Highway will consist of 55 fast-charging sites across the state and will complement Queensland’s new Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy 2022-2032 released 16 March 2022, which committed $10 million for charging infrastructure across Queensland.