27 September 2023

New package to drive electric vehicles

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads has announced a package of measures to enhance clean energy transport.

The new electric vehicle Strategy, Queensland’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy 2022-2032 and the first Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan 2022-2024, supports the State’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Announcing the package, Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said the cost of buying an electric vehicle (EV) would be “just that little bit cheaper”.

“My Government will provide a $3,000 subsidy for anyone buying an electric vehicle to the value of $58,000,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said this was an important step towards making Queensland a global leader in the world’s low-emissions future and becoming a renewable energy superpower.

“It will see Queenslanders get money back for switching to electric vehicles and more charging infrastructure will be built,” Mr Bailey said.

“We revolutionised electric vehicle travel through the Queensland Electric Super Highway, which is currently being expanded to almost 3,800 kilometres, and now Queenslanders will have even more charging stations to use,” he said.

Mr Bailey said not only would this encourage people to buy electric vehicles, it gave the automotive industry confidence to set up shop in Queensland.

“This Strategy signals a fundamental shift in our transport system,” he said.

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni said the Strategy would support more people to make a contribution to transport emissions reduction.

“As a Government, we will be leaders too, taking direct action to supercharge our Government fleet by going electric vehicle-first for all new vehicles where there is a suitable electric vehicle option,” Mr de Brenni said.

The 49-page Strategy can be accessed at this PS News link and the eight-page Action Plan at this link.

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