A series of fast-charging electric vehicle stations will be rolled out across Queensland, Australia, allowing motorists to drive almost the entire length of the state for free.
The Queensland Electric Super Highway will stretch from the Gold Coast to Cairns, and ministers hope it will encourage people to switch to electric vehicles.
“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” said Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles.
“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.
“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.”
One of the biggest barriers to the wider adoption of electric vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure.
In the UK, the government has announced measures to improve the provision of electric vehicle charge points as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill.
For instance, motorway services and large fuel retailers could be required to provide electric charge points. The measures could also make sure data about the location and availability of charging stations is openly available.
Launching the Bill in February, John Hayes, Minister of State for Transport, said: “If we are to accelerate the use of electric vehicles we must take action now and be ready to take more action later. I recognise that to encourage more drivers to go electric, the infrastructure needs to become even more widespread than the 11,000 charging points already in place and more straightforward. We are determined to do all we can to make electric vehicles work for everyone and these new laws will help make this a reality.”