FYI, Queensland is an Australian state covering the continent’s northeast, with a coastline stretching nearly 7,000km. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system.
The city of Cairns is a gateway to the reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest. The capital, Brisbane, is flanked by the surfing beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
The 1,800km electric super highway, connecting Cairns to the Gold Coast, will be the largest fast-charging network in any one state in the world and the Environment Minister and Acting Mains Road Minister, Steven Miles, said the project will kick start the EV revolution in the state.
Australian-based Tritium has won a contract from the Queensland Government to supply 15 of its award-winning Veefil-RT 50kW fast chargers to be installed on the first phase of this new Queensland Super Highway.
The project is due to be operational in the next six months and, for the first time, it will be possible to drive an electric vehicle from the state’s southern border to the far north.
To further encourage the uptake of EVs, there will be no cost to drivers for use of the chargers in the first year, and the Veefil-RTs will use renewable energy purchased through green energy credits or offsets.
The launch comes at a time when major car manufacturers and countries such as Norway, the Netherlands, France, India and the UK have all ‘put a date in the diary’ to phase out conventional petrol and diesel cars.
India, still working on a way ahead with its Electric Vehicles’ charging network needs to take a leaf out of that book.
“This is an incredibly exciting project, and Tritium is proud to be involved – particularly as the Veefil was created in Brisbane, Queensland, our home state, and we are the only Australian designer and manufacturer of fast chargers for EVs,” explains Paul Sernia, the company’s Commercial Director.
How quickly can the Veefil-RT recharge your EV?
According to the press release from Tritium, the Veefil-RT chargers are around 25 times faster than home chargers, which means a driver can add 50km range to an EV battery charge in just 10 minutes or recharge 80 per cent of the car’s battery in around 30 minutes – about the time it would take for a coffee break on a long journey.
There is news for commercial vehicle fleet owners too. Apparently, the Veefil–RT can also be used by commercial vehicles, and a developing fast-charging infrastructure in the state will encourage organisations to consider changing to electric fleets and electric public transport, Tritium hopes.
Phase 1 Plan
There will be 18 fast-chargers along the first phase of the project, located at: Cairns, Tully, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Carmila, Marlborough, Rockhampton, Miriam Vale, Childers, Maryborough, Cooroy, Brisbane, Helensvale, Coolangatta, Springfield, Gatton and Toowoomba.
Watch: Tritium recently officially opened its US office at Torrance, California.
This Brisbane manufacturer of one of the world’s fastest electric vehicle chargers is poised to reap millions of dollars in revenue, after the United States and Canada approved the technology for use across their countries.