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Australia Plans Highway For Electric Cars Along Great Barrier Reef

By Brian Spaen

In a move to make EVs more attractive, Australia plans to build a “super highway” near the Great Barrier Reef. For perspective, this is located along the coast of Queensland and will stretch out to 1,118 miles. As reported in The Guardian, each station will be able to charge electric vehicles in 30 minutes and they “will offer free power for at least a year.” The network will cost around $2.4 million USD.

Many large cities around the world, such as Paris and Mexico City, are also implementing goals to ban diesel cars in the future. While it’s a great projection to set, these places must be in the process to improve the infrastructure for electric vehicles, or they’ll be receiving pushback in clean energy movement. Australia is still debating whether or not to implement a ban in the future, but by adding charging stations so close to this famous tourist attraction, they're already generating a lot of interest in green energy in a positive way.

Specifically, the highway will run from Coolangatta to Cairns. Steven Miles, an environmental minister, explains that it will be constructed in phases with the first happening in 18 different cities in the next six months. He said that it would be “possible to drive an electric vehicle from the state’s southern border to the far north.”