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Southern Downs open to electric motor vehicle highway with new Warwick charge stations

19 September 2019

Electric vehicle enthusiasts can now add the Southern Downs to their destination list with the unveiling of the new Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations in Warwick today.

The Southern Downs Regional Council and The University of Queensland (UQ) officially declared the two charging stations open and demonstrated their charging capacity with UQ’s Tesla – a purely electric vehicle.

Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and Tourism Rod Kelly said that Council is always looking to build on the region’s facilities and infrastructure to flag the Southern Downs as a desirable and accessible tourist destination, and the launch today of the new EV charging stations heralded a new renewable and sustainable era for the region.

“Today Council was pleased to welcome The University of Queensland and their iconic Tesla to the Southern Downs to launch the newly operational charging stations that will put our region on the renewable and sustainable EV map,” said Cr Kelly.

“The new charging stations in Warwick will help boost the local Southern Downs economy and encourage new-age electronic vehicle motorists to visit and explore the many businesses and spectacular countryside our region has to offer.

“The location of the new charging stations on Acacia Avenue was identified as a prime location given its access and proximity to the Warwick CBD, retail shops, restaurants, cafes and tourism destinations in town.

“Council is innovative and progressive, and through its partnership with UQ and the Warwick Solar Farm project, our region has benefited with jobs for locals and contracts for local businesses.”

UQ Energy and Sustainability Manager Andrew Wilson said the University was providing state-of-the-art EV technology to the region as part of a comprehensive partnership with Council.

“It’s great to see the launch of these EV charging stations today as part of the commitment UQ and Council made to work together to deliver energy innovation to the region,” said Mr Wilson.

“The 50kW fast charger can deliver 150km of range for drivers in around 30 minutes and is a key extension of the existing Queensland Electric Vehicle Superhighway.

“UQ’s experience with other charging infrastructure has very much been ‘if you build it, they will come’, and it will be great to see the wonderful Southern Downs region opened up to EV motorists.

“Indeed, we’ve already had a lot of interest and enquiries coming through from motorists asking when the chargers will be ready to use.”

UQ has installed two stations equipped with three bays for simultaneous charging of three vehicles at a time, with the Brisbane-made Veefil 50kW fast charger and 22kW twin charger.

The stations are located in the Acacia Avenue carpark behind Target Country with Council providing a lease for the land and access to existing electricity conduits.

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