The Queensland Government is gearing up for a cleaner future with the introduction of its Electric Vehicle Policy.
It aims to make Queensland “E-V ready” and will put the state ahead of the rest of Australia.
Caitlin Ritter reports.
The government’s new policy for electric vehicles was revealed at the annual Electric Vehicle Conference earlier today.
The policy was designed to give Queensland the edge in electric vehicle manufacturing and marketing by making the state “E-V friendly” with infrastructural changes.
There have been many questions hanging over the development and every day use of electric vehicles, but experts think they’re well on the way to overcoming potential challenges such as battery life.
Prof Ray Wills, Sustainable Energy Association: “We know that we’re getting better batteries, we know that we’re getting more efficient vehicles in the electric market, and so what that will do is drive the range longer and even those more extreme examples of where people need to drive two- or three-hundred kilometres in a day, they’re going to be able to buy vehicles that are electric that can do that for them.”
The RACQ has already started planning for the predicted boom in electric car sales, displaying their portable recharge station at the conference.
Steve Spalding, RACQ: “This is a mobile charging trailer, it’s designed to help those motorists that become stranded on the side of the road when their future electric vehicle runs out of battery.”
The Queensland Government has pledged to drive the state towards a greener future, with plans to offer cheaper vehicle registration and stamp duty. Experts agree this is the way forward.
Prof Ray Wills, Sustainable Energy Association: “The world has changed, the way we’re manufacturing cars has changed. The electric vehicle is coming and it will dominate the market within 15 years.”
Caitlin Ritter, QUT News.