Queensland’s Electric Super Highway

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4 March 2019

Queensland is taking the lead in accelerating Australia’s transition to a cleaner transport system. With limited electric vehicles (EVs) available for the Australian market and a lack of charging infrastructure, Australia has fallen behind other developed countries in EV uptake. The Queensland Government therefore acted to address range anxiety and tackle the infrastructure gap by rolling out the Queensland Electric Super Highway (QESH).

Announced in June 2017 and completed seven months later, the QESH allows EV drivers to travel seamlessly from Coolangatta, on the border with New South Wales, to Cairns, about 1,800 kilometres north, and also from the capital Brisbane to Toowoomba in the west.

Fast charging stations – that can recharge a Nissan Leaf to 80% in 20-30 minutes – have been installed in 17 locations along the Queensland coast. The locations were selected for convenience and safety reasons, allowing motorists to easily charge their vehicle whilst enjoying a short break on their journey. The fast chargers will be free to use during the first phase of the project and provide Queenslanders and visitors with a great opportunity for low-emission road-touring to the state’s natural wonders. With the completion of this project, Queensland now has the most EV charging stations of any Australian state or territory.

To ensure that the full emissions reduction potential of EVs is realized, the electricity used to power the charging stations is purchased through green energy credits or offsets. Queensland also aims to produce more electricity from renewables locally, with a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

“We now have the world’s longest electric vehicle super highway in a single state stretching all the way up our beautiful eastern coastline. This is literally electrifying news for Queenslanders and just one example of the innovative and strategic direction this state continues to take.” - Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government

To find out more, read the full case study below. This case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Under2 Policy Action Map.

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