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Australia plans to build a highway for electric cars near the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef will have its own highway for electric cars.


Australia announced on Tuesday the plans to build a superhighway for electric vehicles that will provide free charging stations and will be located in the northeastern state of Queensland and close to the Great Barrier Reef.

The decision is part of the green revolution that takes place around to world, and is an attempt of the governments to reduce of level of harmful emissions by promoting the electric cars.

Many countries in the world such as France, the UK, Spain and India have already announced that they will ban the sales of petrol and diesel vehicles in the near future.

The Australian superhighway for electric cars will stretch over a distance of 1,118 miles (1,800 km) and will consist mostly in coastal road built alongside the Great Barrier Reef.

State Minister Steven Miles stated that the highway for electric cars will be powered by renewable energy.

The superhighway for electric cars will create the possibility to drive an electric vehicle from the state’s southern border to the far north, stated Miles.

Eighteen towns and cities will build the first phase of the superhighway, which will become operational in the next six months.

The superhighway will start in Coolangatta on the border of neighboring New South Wales and will end in the city of Cairns, in Australia’s far north.

The charging stations of the superhighway will be provided by a company called Tritium, which is a charging station maker based in Brisbane.

The rest of the products required by the electric part of the highway will be provided by Schneider Electric.

Behyad Jafari, chief executive of Australia’s Electric Vehicle Council said that the early support for the project provided by the government shows that Queensland understands the importance of the electric vehicles in reducing the level of air pollution in the country.

The superhighway for electric cars creates certainty and unlocks further investments to grow Australia’s economy, and to create new and highly skilled jobs in the sector, added Jafari.

Australia is behind other countries in terms of electric cars in the country, but plans to increase the number of these green vehicles up to 12,000 by 2020, and 1 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2030, stated two months ago the Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The Great Barrier Reef is visited by more than two million people every year, and generates more than A$2 billion ($1.53 billion) in tourism revenues.

Danny Ovy

Danny Ovy

I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars.

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