Electric car charging on the horizon

electric-car-734574_1280August 11, 2015

By Courtney Pearson

AUSTRALIA’S first solar-powered fuel station allowing drivers can fast-charge their electric cars could be unveiled in Townsville, Queensland.

The Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) and Ergon Energy initiative is seeking expressions of interest to build a station at Oonoonba providing traditional and alternative forms of energy, less than 3km from the Bruce Highway and the Townsville CBD.

As part of the initiative, Ergon Energy is offering potential business owners the opportunity to 100 per cent lease 25 kilowatts of solar panels, with EDQ to provide financial support to lease the charging equipment.

Up to two electric cars could charge simultaneously, taking between 15 and 30 minutes.

The Queensland Government is planning to create an “electric super highway” by building fast-charging stations for drivers travelling up and down the length of the state.

“Petrol station businesses must accommodate technological change to remain viable,” Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association chief executive Mark McKenzie said.

“Our research shows that wages are one of the three biggest costs for a typical service station operator.

“By incorporating solar facilities into the design of service stations, annual business costs can be reduced.”

Expressions of interest close on 10 September.