The Queensland Government has released Australia’s first guide to installing electric vehicle (EV) chargers for property owners, planners and developers.

Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said electric vehicle ownership is gaining momentum, and residential and commercial buildings in Queensland, as well as public infrastructure will need to keep up with the technological advancement.

“Queensland has been leading the transition with charging stations from Coolangatta to Cairns,” Mr Dick said.  

“We are seeing increasing interest in EV charging from local governments, planners and property developers, but there is confusion over what type of infrastructure should be installed, and where.

“This EV guide provides information on installing the appropriate electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new and existing buildings. A simple checklist for differing locations is provided to make the planner or property owners’ job much easier.

“The guide has information on a range of building types, from workplaces, tourism destinations, shopping centres, right through to fast and ultra-fast charging on highways.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said sales of electric vehicles in the state are growing and with new, more affordable models entering the Australian market, EV charging infrastructure will grow in importance.

“In January 2018 the Palaszczuk Government successfully completed the Queensland Electric Super Highway (QESH), which stretches from the Gold Coast to Cairns. This is the longest EV super highway in a single state in the world,” Mr Bailey said.

“The QESH is just one of the initiatives of the Palaszczuk Government’s Electric Vehicle Strategy, The Future is Electric – the first of its kind in Australia.” 

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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