The Queensland Government has pledged to actively participate in putting Queensland in the best possible position to profit from the adoption of electric vehicles. The EV infrastructure has expanded as a result. With the completion of Queensland’s Electric Super Highway’s third phase, electric vehicles may soon be traveling west. The first of Queensland’s 24 new charging stations, according to Transport Minister Mark Bailey, would be finished in Kingaroy the following month.
“Then we’ll see others in locations like Longreach, all the way out to Mount Isa on the Flinders Highway, all the way down the Capricorn to Barcaldine, Longreach, and Winton,” he said. “Over the course of the next 12 months, electric vehicle charging stations will be present at Cunnamulla, Blackall, Emerald, and Dingo, among other locations.”
The stretch of road from Coolangatta to Cairns already has charging stations. The ability of a state the size of Queensland to cover electric vehicles, according to Mr. Bailey, is a truly exciting development. Almost twice as many electric vehicles as in 2017 have now been registered in the state, which marks a new milestone.
This figure is anticipated to increase as more drivers benefit from the $3,000 refund offered by the state government on six qualifying models. These vehicles include the Nissan Leaf, BYD Atto 3, Hyundai Ioniq, MG ZS EV Essence, Hyundai Kona, and Mini Cooper SE. Hybrid electric vehicles and used cars are not eligible for rebates, although the government anticipates that the used EV market will expand as more cars come into the nation.
As the world works to reduce global emissions, Australia has been slower than other nations to adopt EVs. However, some drivers have started to think about EV choices as they attempt to reduce their personal carbon footprint in response to the recent increases in gas costs.
The Queensland EV rebate, according to Energy Minister Mick de Brenni, aims to provide residents of Queensland options. “Motorists are seeing that the price of liquid fuels is growing and that there are supply issues on a worldwide scale, making it more crucial than ever to offer the option of switching to an electric vehicle.”
The average cost of operating an electric automobile is $4 every 100 kilometers, compared to $14 for a typical gasoline-powered car. This is as per the Electric Vehicle Council. The state government, according to Mr. de Brenni, projects that by 2030, electric vehicles will account for 50% of new car sales. “We’re going to enable that by ensuring that we have the energy infrastructure that can handle the charging and delivery of those renewable electrons from our wind and solar farms into motorists’ automobiles.”