Few would consider an electric vehicle charging station a tourist attraction. Yet in an era of eye-watering petrol prices, EV popularity is soaring.

When it comes to capitalising on environmentally conscious daytrippers, one Queensland town is pulling out all stops.

Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, now has seven privately owned electric car charging stations, including four in the main street which were installed earlier this year.

The IGA supermarket, Maple Street Co-op and property lessors Marek and Libby Malter are part of the group leading the charge.

IGA owner Rob Outridge said his supermarket’s station was always busy — a bit too busy at first.