CHARLTON is charging into the future of motoring with an electric vehicle fast-charging station located at the Caltex Charlton Travel Centre on the Warrego Highway.

Motorists can now drive electric vehicles (EVs) all the way from Coolangatta to Cairns, and west from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the initial phase of the Queensland Electric Super Highway is officially up and running.

In the initial phase, until the end of 2018, locals and tourists alike will be able to use the Queensland Electric Super Highway vehicle charging stations for free.

“We now have the world’s longest electric vehicle super highway in a single state, stretching all the way up our beautiful eastern coastline,” Mr Bailey said.

Yurika’s executive general manager Charles Rattray said the business had delivered the QESH throughout the state and was proud to support the project.

“As part of the Energy Queensland group of companies, Yurika has been on board with this innovative and exciting project from the get-go,” he said.

“We know the Queensland Electric Super Highway has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel around Queensland into the future.

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

A map of the Queensland Electric Super Highway.
A map of the Queensland Electric Super Highway.Queensland Government

Executive director of Ray Group, Jack Ray, developer and owner of the Caltex Charlton Travel Centre, welcomed the launch.

“We’re excited to be Australia’s first petrol station owner to host an electric vehicle DC fast-charger, and to offer electric vehicle users high-quality rest facilities while they charge which includes our Caltex Starmart, Red Rooster and Coolabah Tree Café outlets,” he said.

The fast-charging stations have been installed in Bowen, Cairns, Carmila, Childers, Charlton, Gatton, Hamilton, Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta), Mackay, Marlborough, Maryborough, Miriam Vale, Rockhampton, Springfield, Sunshine Coast (Cooroy), Townsville and Tully.

Yurika is an unregulated arm of the Energy Queensland group of companies, formed by the merger of the State Government-owned electricity distribution networks Ergon Energy and Energex.

Energy Queensland is Australia’s largest electricity distribution business, with assets of more than $24 billion.

Extracted from South Burnett Times.