The State Government has announced that Mossman Gorge Centre and Hartleys Crocodile Adventures will soon host free Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging stations.
In an Australian-first pilot project, Tropical North Queensland will soon host a free EV ‘road trip’ with a network of EV charging stations at six popular tourist destinations.
The free trial will run for a minimum 12 months.
The six chosen sites are Paronella Park, Herberton Historic Village, Coffee Works Mareeba, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Hartleys Crocodile Adventures and the Mossman Gorge Centre
The EV chargers at these sites will deliver between 3.6kW and 7kW (AC) to recharge vehicles to give around 100km to 200km of charging at each site.
RACQ Head of Public Policy, Dr Rebecca Michael said these charge stations 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 Tropical North Queensland has to offer.
“They’ll allow users to get about the region 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.
“We’ve seen many advancements in the electric vehicle market with a wider range of more affordable cars becoming available. It’s certainly an exciting time, but it hasn’t come without some challenges too.
“We know ‘range anxiety’ is a big fear for those considering making the switch to a low emissions vehicle, and a comprehensive and connected electric vehicle 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 that they can charge up as they do so.” Dr Michael said.
Work will commence to install the EV chargers in August at the six chosen sites, with projected completion expected to be in September.
More details available at the Queensland Government’s website.