Douglas Shire to host two electric car charging stations



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Douglas Shire will be home to two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of a 12-month Queensland Government pilot program.

Charging stations at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and the Mossman Gorge will form part of a six station EV ‘road trip’ across the far north.

Other locations for the charging stations include Paronella Park, Herberton Historic Village, Coffee Works Mareeba, and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Work will commence to install the EV chargers in August at the six chosen sites, with projected completion expected to be in September.

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.

Head of Public Policy at RACQ, Dr Rebecca Michael, said the free charging stations would mean travellers would be able to see more of the far north for less.

“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,” she 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.”

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