Steven Miles, the Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister, has announced the Queensland Electric Super Highway will be built in the Australian state to "encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in Queensland".
He said: "This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low emissions future.
"Today I'm announcing the first 18 towns and cities that make up phase one of the Electric Super Highway and will, once operational in the next six months, make it possible to drive an electric vehicle from the state's southern border to the Far North. They will be available for use at no cost for the initial phase of the super highway so we can encourage as many people as possible to start using them."
The electric super highway will have a number of fast-charging stations en route to allow for easy access to charging points.
Minister Miles added: "EVs can provide not only a reduced fuel cost for Queenslanders, but an environmentally-friendly transport option, particularly when charged from renewable energy. The Queensland Electric Super Highway has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel around Queensland in the future.
"The most recent Queensland Household Energy Survey showed that 50% of Queenslanders will consider an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid or regenerative braking hybrid, when purchasing a new car in the next two years and that majority said improvements to public fast-charging infrastructure would further tempt them into purchasing an EV."
Whilst Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, added: "This initial support from government serves as a signal to the market that Queensland is serious about electric vehicles and provides certainty to unlock investment to grow our economy and create new, high skilled jobs. I encourage all governments across Australia to follow suit, particularly as this support will help to provide motorists with increased choice of cars that are cheaper and healthier to operate."