blog It seems like it was only yesterday that a rebel Queensland resident was committing the heinous sin of charging his Tesla Model S electric vehicle (EV) using a windfarm up north. Well, today’s news is even more shocking — the Queensland Government itself has announced it plans to start deploying new EV fast-charging stations around the state, powered by solar energy. That’s right. Blasphemous. How dare they! From the Qld Government’s media release:
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the forward-thinking initiative was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to support emerging and innovative industries.
“This is a really exciting initiative for Townsville – and could pave the way for a new era in Australia’s motoring history,” Mrs O’Rourke said. “Through Economic Development Queensland and supported by Ergon Energy, we are seeking expressions of interest to build a service station at Oonoonba that has both traditional and alternative forms of energy.”
“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.”
“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 went on to state that petrol stations around Australia must accommodate technological change if they are to remain viable — a shocking concept for those Australians who appear to be wedded to the existing fossil fuel economy. For myself, I am looking forward to driving my Tesla Model 3 around Australia.
The news announced today by the Queensland Government is only the latest such initiative, by the way. Reneweconomy notes that an ‘electric superhighway’ is already being deployed around the state. Western Australia has its own thing going as well, and of course Tesla itself is now deploying superchargers in locations around Australia. We’ve come a long way since Simon Hackett drove his Tesla Roadster from Darwin to Adelaide back in 2010.
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