The Government of Queensland is keen to introducing Australia’s first solar power-depended electric vehicle service facility in the state. This is part of the prospective 1,600 km solar-powered Electric vehicle system, fast-charging facilities spotted alongside Bruce Highway.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her team last weekend indicated their interest in the project, which is attributed to the Townsville suburb of Oonoonba.
They indicated that the EV fast-charging facility will service conventional petrol fuelled vehicles as well as electric vehicles, which could result in recharging an EV within 15-30 minutes.
Ergon Energy is willing to support business owners with the opportunity to lease 25kW of solar panels, whereas Economic Development Queensland will also give incentives for electric vehicle charging facility leasing.
“Oonoonba is less than 3 kilometres from the Bruce Highway and the Townsville CBD, so is well positioned to cater for local motorists as well as those travelling along the highway,” the minister assisting the Premier on North Queensland, Coralee O’Rourke, said.
“Our vision is for this to be the start of an ‘electric super highway’ by facilitating fast-charging service locations for drivers travelling up and down the length of Queensland.”
“Up to two electric vehicles could charge at the same time, with an expected average charge time of 15-30 minutes,” O’Rourke said.
The Fast Cities Network – a planned system of 12 Electric Vehicle fast-charging facilities connecting 430km of highway in south-eastern part of Queensland’s, hailed as Australia’s largest “electric super highway” – was initiated in November 2014, with Veefil fast charging facilities since installed in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
Solar Choice, July 28, 2015. Queensland to host first solar-powered service station in Australia: http://www.solarchoice.net.au/blog/news/qld-to-host-first-solar-powered-service-station-in-australia-280715#more-20412. Accessed July 28, 2015
AUTHOR: DOUGLAS YEBOAH