RACQ welcomes next step to a greener future


The state’s peak motoring body has welcomed a plan to help more Queenslanders make the switch to an electric vehicle (EV).

Charging electric car
The Palaszczuk Government today released Queensland’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy 2022-2032, announcing a $55 million package for EV incentives and charging infrastructure. 

Queenslanders who purchase a new EV up to the value of $58,000 will be able to access a $3,000 subsidy. This would apply to models including the Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf, MG ZS, Hyundai Kona and BYD Atto 3.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Susan Furze said the Club welcomed the announcement after working with the State Government on the ZEV Strategy.

“We’ve been calling for purchase incentives to improve affordability and greater investment for public charging infrastructure for some time,” Ms Furze said.

“With soaring fuel costs, we know many drivers will be looking closely at their budgets, running costs and impact on the environment. 

“Our analysis shows EVs are cheaper than ever to own and run but we know those initial costs still prove to be a hurdle for many motorists wanting to drive away in an EV, so we’re pleased to see these incentives coming into effect.”

Ms Furze said $10 million had also been committed for the co-funding of EV charging infrastructure.

“With a significant increase in sales of electric vehicles in recent years we need Queensland to be EV ready, so it’s great to see more funding has also been committed to charging infrastructure,” she said.

Ms Furze said the Club hoped today’s announcement signalled the start of a longer-term commitment by the Queensland Government.

“As we continue the transition to a decarbonised transport future, we don’t want any Queenslanders to be left behind,” she said. 

“That’s why we must continue to break down those barriers to bring down the cost of buying an EV across a wider range of models – including looking at further incentives such as greater registration discounts, leasing schemes and bolstering the second-hand electric vehicle market – to give drivers more options.

“We also need to continue to see more charging infrastructure rolled out, so drivers can confidently travel around without the fear of running out of charge. 

“That’s why RACQ is pleased to sponsor the Queensland Electric Vehicle Super Highway, and we look forward to working with the State Government as this new strategy is implemented over the next decade and beyond.”

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