QUEENSLAND’S electric highway will be up and running as soon as December as the State Government sets a timeline on the tender which closed today.
The EV Superhighway electrical vehicle chargers contract includes building recharge stations in Mackay, Bowen, Carmila, Miriam Vale, Marlborough, Tully and Childers.
The successful tenderer would be expected to complete all of the proposed recharge sites in Queensland by December 17.
These sites could then be used by the 34,000 registered electric cars in Queensland, of a total 4 million.
“As the electric vehicle (EV) market develops in the eastern seaboard capital cities, we believe it will develop in regional Queensland cities from Toowoomba to Cairns and with it the need for public and private charging infrastructure,” Ergon Energy senior network strategy and policy engineer Don McPhail said.
Ergon Energy used a team of engineers to find out where there was an “surplus network capacity” to determine where to put the sites.
“They meticulously drilled right down to individual suburban transformers to identify locations that have surplus capacity knowing the EV market and the need for public and private charging points is going to grow. That will translate into an increase in the demand for power,” Mr McPhail said.
“So we’d rather better utilise our existing assets as potential EV charging point sites rather than upgrade the network at considerable cost which puts upward pressure on electricity prices.”
And it’s not just about EV charging locations or surplus capacity Mr McPhail said, it’s also about EV driving range and “range anxiety”.
“In mapping our network, we also considered the driving…
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