Queensland Electric Vehicle Grant – what you need to know

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Buy an electric vehicle in Queensland and the government will give you $3,000 – here’s what you need to know about the cash bonus

Queenslanders will be offered a $3,000 grant if they purchase an electric vehicle with a purchase price of less than $58,000 within the next three years.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the policy, which will cost the government $15 million a year, on Wednesday morning.

“This will help Queenslanders wait for electric vehicles to become more accessible and affordable so they can make the switch,” she said in a statement.

“This announcement is a key part of our zero-emission vehicle strategy: the goal is to reduce our emissions and reduce the impact of climate change.”

The $58,000 cap on the purchase price means the subsidy will only be available to buyers of six models: Hyundai’s Ioniq and Kona models, Nissan Leaf, MG’s ZS Essence and BYD’s new Atto models.

Queensland will commit $10 million to co-fund charging stations with councils and businesses.

Ms Palaszczuk said the government would also commit $10 million to jointly fund charging stations with local governments and businesses.

The Sunshine State has long had one of the most stingy electric vehicle purchase incentives of any state or territory, offering buyers about $350 in registration and stamp duty savings over five years.

NSW, South Australia and Victoria are already offering $3,000 rebates for EV purchases.

Advocacy group Solar Citizens hailed the subsidy because it would reduce emissions and lower the cost of living amid high fuel prices.

“The $3,000 rebate is a practical step to reduce the cost of electric vehicles and puts Queensland on the same page as states like NSW and South Australia that are encouraging the adoption of cleaner cars,” said strategist Stephanie Gray.

However, she said the high purchase prices of many electric vehicle models remained a barrier for many people, so more government support and incentives were needed.

She said incentives for automakers to build electric vehicles locally and commitments to electric public transport would help.

“States and the federal government can do a lot more to reduce the upfront cost of cleaner electric cars so Australians can take advantage of the fuel savings,” Ms Gray said.

A recent Australia Institute poll of 2,600 Australians showed 71% supported subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles, while 74% said the government should pay for a network of charging stations.

The Climate of the Nation poll found that 64% of respondents want all new cars sold in Australia to be zero emissions by 2035.

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