Yurika can confirm that the charging rate at QESH sites will increase from 20 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 30 cents/kWh, effective 1 May 2022. The partnership between Yurika, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, and RACQ has allowed Yurika to offer some of the most affordable charging rates in Australia for fast charging infrastructure. Moreover the partnership has enabled fast charging infrastructure to be made available to regional communities since 2017, well before any other fast charging operator had invested in similar infrastructure. To this day Yurika’s fast charging network is the largest servicing regional communities in Australia.
The QESH is made available to communities as a public service and Yurika does not generate any profits from the network. This increase in charging fees is required to ensure the ongoing maintenance and viability of these essential public assets and follows a review of the operating costs of the QESH. The review also examined rates charged by similar charging networks across Australia and found that a 30 cents/kWh rate would still be lower than most other charging providers, if not the lowest in Australia for public fast charging.
Yurika advises that the increased rate does not increase profits for Yurika, but allows the continuation of affordable public access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Queensland. The new charging rate also still ensures the saving benefits of electric vehicle charging still far outweighs the cost of refuelling internal combustion engines.
As a part of its commitment to delivering accessible and affordable EV charging infrastructure, Yurika, in partnership with the Queensland Government is delivering Phase 3 of the Queensland Electric Superhighway, which will add another 18 charging sites across outback Queensland locations.