New destination chargers keep Cairns EVs moving

The State’s peak motoring body has joined forces with the Queensland Government to sponsor six electric vehicle (EV) chargers at popular tourist hotspots across far north Queensland.

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The chargers would form part of a pilot project to be rolled out at key tourist locations identified across Cairns and provided users with 50 to 200 kilometres of ‘free travel’ for every two to four hour visit at each site.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the chargers were designed to allow visitors to top up the charge in their vehicles while they enjoyed local attractions.

“We know holiday time is precious, and these chargers will allow motorists driving electric vehicles to put theirs to good use by parking and charging up as they visit some of the best tourist locations far north Queensland has to offer,” Dr Michael said.

“They’ll allow users to get about the city and back home again along the Queensland Electric Super Highway through to Brisbane, or beyond to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide via the Chargefox network.”

Dr Michael said the initiative was another step forward for the motoring industry and would help overcome some of the issues drivers would face as they transitioned to electric vehicles.

“We’ve seen many advancements in the EV market with a wider range of more affordable cars. It’s certainly an exciting time, but it hasn’t come without some challenges too,” she said.

“We know ‘range anxiety’ is a big fear for those considering making the switch to a low emissions vehicle, and a comprehensive and connected EV charging network is essential to calming these concerns.

“Those travelling along Queensland’s Electric Super Highway can now explore the beautiful far north region, with the confidence they can charge up as they do so.’”

The project was expected to be delivered, with chargers operational, in September 2019.