Electric cars tipped to rise with Hwy charging stations

A CAR dealer hopes the construction of an electric vehicle charging station will encourage more people to opt for electric over fuel-powered vehicles.

Ergon Energy will build car charging stations along the Bruce Hwy, making it an "electric super highway", including one near Gladstone.

Ergon Energy has mapped a charging station highway from Toowoomba to Cairns, including stops at Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay.
Ergon Energy has mapped a charging station highway from Toowoomba to Cairns, including stops at Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay.

Bill Robertson Toyota dealer principal James Robertson drives a hybrid car, but says this could be the next step to get electric vehicles in Gladstone.

He said the car dealership uses electric where possible, including the cars used for loans and as company vehicles.

"I drive a hybrid because of the fuel economy side and it's better for the environment," Mr Robertson said.

"I also wanted to support the new technology."

While they don't sell any electric vehicles because of a lack of demand, he said that could change in the future if they do become more convenient.

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"I think it's a great move, because people need to move to more energy efficient products and this is a step in that direction," he said.

Ergon Energy senior network strategy police engineer Don McPhail said Gladstone was due to it being a "major regional city" and a "key point" on the Bruce Hwy.

While dates have not been confirmed, he said they hoped to finish construction by the new financial year.

The car charging stations will be small and constructed beside a public park.

"The idea is to have a staged approach."

At the moment the only way to charge an electric vehicle is at the driver's home.

Mr McPhail said it's hoped shaving car charging stations on the bruce Hwy will encourage more drivers to purchase electric vehicles.

"From a technology perspective they're quite well advanced and now they're also more attractive and affordable," he said.



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