Within months, the Queensland Government will release its draft plan for zero emissions vehicles.
This is an opportunity to start driving down transport emissions, but we need to show the Palaszczuk Government that there's community appetite for clean transport and demonstrate the barriers for prospective EV drivers.
Queensland’s 2017 electric vehicle strategy identified areas for research, investigation and discussion. But four years on, the technology required for electrifying private and public transport is mature and available.
What’s needed now are ambitious government targets and financial support to provide certainty to consumers and manufacturers and rapidly increase uptake.
We ask the Queensland Government to:
- Create a transport specific emissions reduction target in line with climate science: Achieving net zero by 2050 will mean achieving zero emissions in the transport sector well before that time.
- Set a target for 100% of new car sales to be electric by 2030: Including a plan for the government measures necessary to achieve this target.
- Offer financial incentives to make EVs more affordable: Rebates, stamp duty exemptions and registration discounts will make EVs accessible to more people.
- Electrify 100% of government vehicle fleets by 2030: Electrifying cars, trains, trams and buses will reduce maintenance and running costs, while also stimulating the second-hand vehicle market. This must be accompanied by a plan to power public transport with 100% renewable energy.
- Provide funding to support the local electric vehicle and battery supply chain: Procurement policies and funding support can help grow local battery, electric vehicle and rolling stock industries, investment and jobs.
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