Following UK and France’s announcement to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, Australia just joined the electric revolution by announcing its plan to build a massive ‘electric super highway.’
The announcement was made by Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles. In a media statement published by Queensland Government on July 27, Miles said:
“This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low emissions future.
Today I’m announcing the first 18 towns and cities that make up phase one of the Electric Super Highway and will, once operational in the next six months, make it possible to drive an electric vehicle from the state’s southern border to the Far North.”#Australia to build a 1,240-mile long electric super highway in Queensland!Click To Tweet
Miles further added that the electric super highway “will be available for use at no cost for the initial phase” so people would be encouraged to use it.
The Electric Super Highway: Australia’s Ambitious Electric Dream
According to reports, the 1,240-mile long electric super highway will be built along the state of Queensland’s east coast and will cost approximately $3 million (not cited if the amount is in USD or AUD).
It will also be the longest purposefully designed road for electric vehicles, dotted with 18-fast charging stations which have the ability to charge a car in less than an hour.
What made the project even more interesting is the fact that the energy to be used in the fast-charging stations would be green energy purchased through green energy credits or offsets.
While Australia already has a fair number of electric charging stations, those will be different from the ones that will be built soon.
In his statement, Miles further emphasized the benefits that Queenslanders can get from the usage of electric vehicles.
“EVs 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 revolutionize the way we travel around Queensland in the future.”
The minister also noted that the electric vehicle ownership rate around the world is continuously increasing at a steady phase citing advancements in battery technology and cost reduction of EVs as the primary reasons.
“The most recent Queensland Household Energy Survey showed that 50% of Queenslanders will consider an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid or regenerative braking hybrid, when purchasing a new car in the next two years and that majority said improvements to public fast-charging infrastructure would further tempt them into purchasing an EV.”
Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, expressed his support for the initiative and commended the Queensland government for its national leadership in support of the electric vehicle industry. In a statement, Jafari said:
“This initial support from government serves as a signal to the market that Queensland is serious about electric vehicles and provides certainty to unlock investment to grow our economy and create new, high skilled jobs.”
The businessman also encouraged other governments across Australia to follow suit, citing that the support will help provide more car options for motorists that are a lot cheaper and healthier to operate.
According to a report from Reuters, the road will run from Coolangatta on the border of neighboring New South Wales to the city of Cairns, in Australia’s far north.
Tritium, a Brisbane-based charging station maker, has confirmed through its director Paul Sernia that the company will supply most of the project’s charging station while Schneider Electric will handle the rest.
The time frame for the project has not yet been announced, but people are already looking forward to it.