The Queensland government is proposing to convert its fleet to electric vehicles over the course of the following four years in order to hasten the process of electrifying the vehicles on the road in Australia’s Sunshine State. By 2026, all qualifying passenger vehicles in the Queensland government fleet will be zero emission vehicles. Additionally, it aspires for 100% zero emission new passenger car sales to the general public by 2036, up from the current goal of 50% by 2030.
The government has also declared that beginning in 2025 in South East Queensland and beginning in 20252030 throughout regional Queensland, every new TransLink-funded bus added to the fleet will be a zero-emission bus.
From Friday, July 1, 2022, for a period of three years, a refund will be available to encourage people to purchase electric. This will be accessible for the purchase of battery-powered cars or light trucks. Rebates will be given out up until the allotted amount has been used. The contract of sale, a dealer tax invoice showing the final payment, and the date the car was sold are examples of documents that buyers should maintain as proof of purchase in order to support their applications.
In addition to the current benefits including decreased vehicle registration and registration duty charges, purchasers of new qualified zero-emission cars with a purchase price (dutiable value) of up to $58,000 (including GST) on or after 16 March 2022 are also entitled to qualify for a $3,000 rebate.
Second-hand automobiles, dealer/demonstrator models, converted zero emission vehicles, other vehicle conversion kits (including any other alternative fuel source), hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and other vehicles are not eligible for a rebate.
The conspicuous omission of plug-in hybrids and hybrids will hasten the adoption of BEVs.
In order to ensure that Queenslanders and visitors can charge in more sites across Queensland, the state government is also introducing more public electric vehicle fast-charging alternatives. In collaboration with local government and business, the Queensland Electric Superhighway is being expanded, and a $10 million co-fund will boost public charging choices.
One of the intended effects of this government action is that a significant amount of used EVs from the government fleet will start to appear on the market in a few years.
As the common person will now have to compete with the government for restricted inventories, one of the unforeseen results may be a tightening of the market for new EVs. The numerous discounts and incentives being provided by different governments will make this situation worse. Will there be EVs and State of Origin? A recent delivery of only 100 Ioniq 5s was quickly sold out.
What will be the source of all the new EVs? For the major players (Tesla, BYD, Volkswagen) to step up delivery and the supporting players (Hyundai, BMW, Great Wall Motor) to participate, this is a fantastic chance.
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