To help drive its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050, Queensland, Australia’s government has issued a $55 million package of electric vehicle (EV) purchasing incentives and infrastructure.
Some $45 million in the package will provide a $3,000 subsidy for upfront EV purchases to the value of $58,000. The remaining $10 million will fund EV charging infrastructure.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the funding while releasing the state’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy 2022-2023. “We are going to make the cost of buying electric cars just that little bit cheaper,” she said.
Other elements in the state’s zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) strategy include the 3,800-km Queensland Electric Super Highway, transitioning its public bus system to ZEVs, and moving its entire government fleet – Qfleet – to EV vehicles.
“Transforming the QFleet will save Queenslanders millions in fuel costs but most significantly, when they have done their service with frontline workers – our nurses, community carers, and educators – these high-quality, fully serviced, usually low-kilometer used vehicles will be available for Queenslanders at highly affordable prices,” said Mark Bailey, Queensland transport and main roads minister.