Gladstone car salesman expects hybrid vehicle boost

Ergon Engery has proposed electric car charging stations along the Bruce Hwy from Toowoomba to Cairns, including one just outside Gladstone.

It's believed the lack of public car charging stations has halted the interest in electric cars from Queensland drivers.

Bill Robertson Toyota dealer principal James Robertson, who drives an electric hybrid car, said the charging stations would be the next step to get electric vehicles in Gladstone.

He said the car dealership uses electric where possible, including those used for loans and as company vehicles.

"I drive a hybrid because of the fuel economy side and it's better for the environment," Mr Robertson said.

"I also wanted to support the new technology," he said.

Ergon Energy has mapped a charging station highway from Toowoomba to Cairns, including stops at Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay.
Ergon Energy has mapped a charging station highway from Toowoomba to Cairns, including stops at Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay.

While they don't sell any electric vehicles because of a lack of demand, he said that could change in the future if they do become more convenient.

"I think it's a great move, because people need to move to more energy efficient products and this is a step in that direction," he said.

Ergon Energy senior network strategy police engineer Don McPhail said Gladstone was selected due to it being a "major regional city" and a "key point" on the Bruce Hwy.

While dates have not been confirmed, he said they hoped to finish construction by the new financial year.

The car charging stations will be small and constructed beside a public park.

"The idea is to have a staged approach."

At the moment the only way to charge an electric vehicle is at the driver's home.

Mr McPhail said it's hoped having car charging stations on the Bruce Hwy will encourage more drivers to purchase electric vehicles.