Stage three of Queensland’s Electric Super Highway (QESH) has been given the go-ahead, which will see the highway almost doubled in length.
Yurika, part of Energy Queensland, will build stage three of the Queensland Electric Super Highway, which currently has 31 electric vehicle charging sites stretching from Cairns to Coolangatta and west to Toowoomba.
Yurika’s Executive General Manager, Carly Irving, said Stage Three of the project would expand the super highway from just under 2,000km to almost 3,800km, spreading through western Queensland.
“Stage three will add another 18 electric vehicle charging sites to Queensland’s Electric Super Highway, all of them in outback locations,” Ms Irving said.
“This means there will soon be 49 fast charging locations for EV drivers to explore the length and breadth of our beautiful state.
“Yurika has proudly been front and centre in building and operating the Queensland Electric Super Highway from day one, in partnership with the Queensland Government and the RACQ.”
The new QESH charging stations will be located at:
- Charters Towers
- Julia Creek
- Mount Isa
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said use of the QESH was at an all-time high.
“Electric vehicle drivers will be able to take trips from Brisbane to Mount Isa, Goondiwindi to Emerald, and Longreach to Cairns knowing there are charging stations along the way,” Mr Bailey said.
“Sending the QESH out west not only puts EV charging on the map in regional Queensland but supports the drive tourism market too, importantly to tourism centres like Winton, where the Palaszczuk Government is delivering $4.9 million in new additions to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum.”
Queensland Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister, Mick de Brenni, said expanding the Queensland Electric Super Highway was just another way the State Government was working towards the 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
“Every time a motorist makes the choice to fill their tank with energy made in Queensland, it allows for the continued growth of renewables in our state,” Minister de Brenni said.
“Our $2 billion Renewable Energy and Jobs Fund means electrical vehicle owners will have access to the cheapest, cleanest electricity in the nation.”