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Green mile: Wealthy suburb leads charge with busiest EV station

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Despite a network stretching across Queensland, new figures show more electric vehicles are charged at a Hamilton station than anywhere else.

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The first charging stations installed in Queensland were initially free, and of the 2017 batch Hamilton in Brisbane remains the most popular. It has hosted 4,818 charging sessions since it opened in 2017, with Coolangatta next most popular of that batch with 2,273 sessions.

The Palaszczuk Government continues to expand the network, and a North Lakes charging station opened this year has already hosted 398 sessions, making it more popular than any of the stations opened in 2020.

There are now 31 stations across Queensland that have hosted almost 25,000 charging sessions in total. The government recently committed another $2.75 million to install an additional 18 charging sites, extending the range of the Queensland Electric Super Highway. New stations are planned for more remote tourist destinations including Winton, Longreach, Charleville, Charters Towers and Julia Creek.

Research suggests most electric vehicles are charged at home, with more than 1,000 new car registrations in Queensland each year. At the end of 2019-20, there were 47,155 electric vehicles registered in the state, 29,936 petrol hybrids, and 158 diesel hybrids.

There were also 10 steam-powered vehicles registered, including one car and one truck.

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