The Queensland Government has called for expressions of interest to build a solar-powered fast-charging station for electric cars in Townsville as the first step in developing a string of charging stations for electric cars along the Bruce Highway which stretches more than 1,600 km from Brisbane to Cairns.

The charging stations would cater for up to two cars at a time and it is expected that the average charge time would be between 15 and 30 minutes.

Coralee O’Rourke, the Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, said that “Our vision is for this to be the start of an electric superhighway by facilitating fast-charging service locations for drivers travelling up and down the length of Queensland.”

“Ergon Energy is offering the business owner the opportunity to 100% lease 25kW of solar panels and Economic Development Queensland will provide support for EV charger equipment leasing.”