Queensland opens its “first outback” quick charger because it extends superhighway inland


The Queensland authorities has opened what it says is the primary of its deliberate “outback” quick chargers because it extends the state’s EV “superhighway” alongside inland routes.

The quick charger in St George was opened this week by state power minister Mick de Brenni, and is the primary of 23 new EV charging stations deliberate for the outback which might be delivered by Evie Networks, Engine, NRMA, RACQ and Tesla.

The rollout is being co-funded by the state authorities with $52 million, and is being managed by Yurika. It’ll prolong from Mount Isa within the north-west to Goondiwindi within the south.

De Brenni, who drives a Tesla Mannequin Y (that’s not his within the picture above), says with the price of petrol nonetheless excessive, households can save a median of $1,700 on gas prices a yr with an EV.

“As an increasing number of Queenslanders take to our improved highways, we’re giving them the arrogance to take these longer journeys, no matter their gas selection,” de Brenni stated.

“Serving to rural trade decarbonise is essential to defending jobs within the agricultural sector and supporting the electrification of autos makes a huge impact on emissions.”

De Brenni says the Queensland Electrical Tremendous Freeway can have least 54 publicly owned quick chargers put in by the top of the yr, and one other 46 chargers inbuilt partnership with trade might be put in by the top of 2024.


EV registrations in Queensland have greater than doubled prior to now yr to round 30,000, and are anticipated to develop to 1.6 million by 2035.

The charging station at St George is near the Carnarvon Freeway and inside strolling distance of public facilities.

Balonne shire council mayor Samantha O’Toole stated the brand new quick charger permits guests to come back to the area of their EVs. “(It) additionally permits companies which might be in transition with electrical autos to be assured that they’ll come and go to our neighborhood and return residence safely,” she stated.



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