Southern Downs to energise new-age motorists with new electric vehicle chargers
10 May 2019
New-age motorists can soon drive their electric vehicles
(EV’s) to the Southern Downs with the installation of two new charging stations
set to energise downtown Warwick.
The two chargers will see Warwick become a part of
Queensland’s Electric Super Highway and will further position the Southern
Downs as a destination for renewable energy.
Southern Downs Regional Council is installing the new car
chargers in partnership with The University of Queensland (UQ) as a part of the
Warwick Solar Farm project.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the new electric
vehicle chargers are exciting for the region and reflect Council’s commitment
to innovation and environmental sustainability.
“This is really exciting news for our region and for
electric vehicle users across Queensland,” Cr Dobie said.
“Warwick is now a key link in the Queensland Electric Super
Highway, and an important fast charging point connecting the Queensland network
with charging networks in New South Wales and Victoria.
“In the future, we will see more highways becoming electric and
Warwick’s position at the intersection of two major highways makes it ideal as
an electric vehicle destination.
“Southern Downs Regional Council is innovative and
progressive, and with The University of Queensland taking ownership of the Warwick
Solar Farm project, the region is fast becoming a regional hub for renewable
UQ will install two stations equipped with three charging bays
which can charge three vehicles at a time, with UQ installing the Brisbane made
Veefil 50kW fast charger by the end of June and the 22kW twin charger to be
installed soon after.
The chargers will be located in the Acacia Avenue carpark
behind Target Country with Council providing a lease for the land and access to
existing electricity conduits.
Signs in downtown Warwick will direct visitors to the chargers,
and other signs at the site will inform visitors of parking times and point
them to retail shops, restaurants and cafes, and tourism destinations in town.
Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and
Tourism Rod Kelly said locating the charging stations in the Acacia Avenue car
park will encourage electric vehicle motorists to explore the CBD and spend
money at local businesses while they charge their vehicles.
“Placing the charging stations in the Acacia Avenue carpark helps
boost the local economy and provides an open, public space for motorists to
charge their cars,” Cr Kelly said.
“UQ will provide the car charging service at no cost for the
foreseeable future, so this is an exciting opportunity to encourage even more
travellers to visit the Southern Downs and explore the many businesses and
wonderful attractions our region has to offer.
“As the technology improves and electric cars become more
affordable, we will see more and more people driving them. As a region, it is
important that we are ready to take advantage of this growing industry.”
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