Australia’s Queensland to build 2,000km electric vehicle highway


The Australian state of Queensland is set to build an electric vehicle highway with a 2,000km network of vehicle charging stations over the next six months. 

Queensland Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles announced the launch of the first phase of the Queensland Electric Super Highway.

Set to cover 18 towns and cities, the initial phase will see electric vehicle charging states across Queensland coast from the Gold Coast to Cairns.

Miles said: "I’m announcing the first 18 towns and cities that make up phase one of the Electric Super Highway and will, once operational in the next six months, make it possible to drive an electric vehicle from the state’s southern border to the far north.

"They will be available for use at no cost for the initial phase of the super highway so we can encourage as many people as possible to start using them."

"They will be available for use at no cost for the initial phase of the super highway so we can encourage as many people as possible to start using them.” 

Queensland intends to supply green energy that is to be bought through green energy credits or offsets at the fast-charging stations. 

The new process is intended to provide an environmentally friendly transport option with renewable energy.

According to a recent survey by Queensland Household Energy, 50% of the state’s population will consider the purchase of an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid, or regenerative braking hybrid car in the next two years.

The survey also revealed that majority of the people will prefer an electric vehicle upon further improvements to the fast-charging public infrastructure.