Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Plug into the Revolution

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Plug into the Revolution

Article excerpt

Naysayers can still disbelieve. The fact remains electric-powered cars are knocking on our garage doors.

Within six months, battery- powered cars will be able to travel from the Gold Coast to Cairns.

An "electric super highway" is being built, with Tritium-brand rapid-charging stations being installed at Coolangatta, Helensvale, Springfield, Brisbane, Gatton, Toowoomba, Cooroy, Maryborough, Childers, Miriam Vale, Rockhampton, Mackay, Bowen, Townsville, Tully and Cairns.

Drivers can fill up at no cost during the initial phase - about 12 months.

Depending on the vehicle, batteries can be replenished from empty to about 80% in between 15 to 30 minutes using fast-charge facilities.

The State Government will spend $3million rolling out electric car charging stations to encourage the use of the green technology.

It's a timely arrival, with car manufacturers attacking the electric market.

Plug-in hybrids, which combine battery power with a backup combustion engine, will help ease initial buyer concern. That will be followed by pure electric vehicles - with manufacturers talking of ranges close to 500km in the near future.

"This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution as part of our transition to a low-emissions future," Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles said.

"The Queensland Electric Super Highway has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel around Queensland in the future."

No surprisingly, the Australian Electric Vehicle Council is full of praise. It says supporting the uptake and use of electric vehicles will provide better outcomes for Australian motorists through lower operating costs and cleaner air.

Mitsubishi recently released the second iteration of its $50,490 Outlander PHEV. It has an electric range of 54km and can charge to 80% in 25 minutes, and can operate in conjunction with a four-cylinder engine. …

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