When all charge points are installed the Bruce Highway will be the world’s longest electric vehicle superhighway in one state.

The Cairns charging station is a fast - charger and along with the others will make it possible to drive an electric vehicle from the far north to the state’s southern border. To encourage their use, there will be no cost for charing for the initial phase of the super highway.

Green energy purchased through green energy credits or offsets will be used to for the fast-charging stations. EVs can provide not only a reduced fuel cost for Queenslanders, but an environmentally-friendly transport option, particularly when charged from renewable energy. Our Townsville trial of the iMiev in 2013/14 found them inexpensive with running costs under $4 per 100 kilometres.

In preparation for Queensland’s electric super highway, Ergon mapped its network in 2016 to identify potential charging point sites.

Around 100 sites with surplus network capacity were identified and is the basis for the electric super highway.

It’s an ambitious project and fits with the state government’s vision to facilitate the increase in the uptake of electric vehicles as part of a transition to a lower emissions future.

Queensland is not the only state rolling out EV charging points. Western Australia is rolling out 70 stations in Perth and regional areas and Adelaide City Council will install 40 throughout the city in 2017.