Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy revs up in Queensland

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The Queensland government’s landmark Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy is revving up as new rebates and infrastructure fund opens. 

Transport and Main Roads minister, Mark Bailey said the strategy aimed at encouraging an uptake of electric vehicle (EV) purchases in the Sunshine State. 

“This year, we launched our upgraded strategy looking towards 2032 with a focus on breaking down the two key barriers to EV – cost and charging infrastructure,” Bailey said. “A key part of this included a $45 million commitment to deliver $3,000 rebates towards new EV purchases to bring down the initial purchase price, which EV drivers can claim from today. 

“Vehicles purchased on or after 16 March this year that are up to a dutiable value of $58,000 or less (including GST), and registered in Queensland, are eligible. Today also marks the kick start of our $10 million EV Infrastructure Scheme which will operate as a co-funding opportunity for industry, local councils and other eligible entities to partner with the Government. 

The investment will be delivered as a co-contribution with industry and local government. It is designed to accelerate investment in the Queensland EV charging network. 

Bailey emphasised the importance of having available charging infrastructure given Queensland had the longest road network in the country. 

“We’ve already built the Electric Super Highway and are expanding the network even further, making it the longest electric super highway in a single jurisdiction,” he said. “Queensland has the biggest road network in the country, so it’s vital we offer ample charging infrastructure for the increasing numbers of electric vehicles. 

“Whether someone is driving from Maryborough to Marlborough, or from Coolangatta to Cairns, we want them to have charging options along the way. Our investment in new infrastructure will mean Queenslanders will be able to go further than ever and enjoy a carefree journey when travelling in an EV.” 

Bailey said EV registrations had risen steadily since 2017 and would continue to do so as the $3,000 rebate came into effect. 

“There are now almost 10,000 EVs registered in Queensland, which is double what we saw this time last year,” he said. “Cars account for almost half of Queensland’s transport sector emissions, so this level of EV uptake will only deliver positive environmental and economic benefits to our state. 

“The rebate is also open to businesses for up to five rebates per financial year, providing an opportunity for businesses in our state to step up and contribute to emissions reduction through their fleet operations. Importantly, the rebate will help to kick-start the second-hand EV market here in Queensland and make our state a more attractive sales location for a wider variety of EV models. 

The state government has committed $45 million over three years as a part of the Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy for EV rebates, with a further $10 million committed towards co-funded charging infrastructure. 

The strategy is helping drive the state’s commitment of net-zero emissions by 2050 through implementing initiatives across 10 years, to increase zero emission vehicle uptake across Queensland. 

To apply for the EV rebate and further details on the infrastructure scheme, please go to www.qld.gov.au/zevstrategy.