Queensland is building a superhighway offering free charging stations in a bid to boost the use of electric vehicles.

The Queensland Electric Super Highway, the world’s longest in one state, will be built at a time when governments around the world are looking to cut emissions by encouraging more electric vehicles.

The announcement by Queensland’s Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles comes just days after Britain said it would follow France and ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040.

It will be Australia’s first superhighway for electric vehicles.

The new 1800 kilometre superhighway on coastal road will stretch from Cairns to the Gold Coast.

The charging stations will be supplied by renewable energy purchased through green energy credits or offsets.

Mr Miles said the charging stations would be rolled out at 18 locations from Coolangatta to Cairns in the next six months, allowing people 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,” Mr Miles said.

“EVs (electric vehicles) can provide not only a reduced fuel cost for Queenslanders, but an environmentally-friendly transport option, particularly when charged from renewable energy.

“The Queensland Electric Super Highway has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel around Queensland in the future.”

The cost of the electric superhighway is estimated to be $3 million.

Extracted from Business First Magazine.