Queensland stingiest on EV incentives

Queensland has the stingiest incentives of any Australian state or territory for encouraging electric vehicles, according to advocacy group Solar Citizens.

"It's a real missed opportunity because Queenslanders love their solar and if you can charge your electric car off your own solar panels you can really bring your transport costs down," spokeswoman Ellen Roberts told AAP.

The Sunshine State offers registration and stamp duty savings of about $350 over five years and the Palaszczuk government is currently working on a ten-year zero emissions vehicle strategy.

That's compared to NSW, South Australia and Victoria, which offer $3000 rebates for EV purchases.

Ms Roberts believes NSW offers the best set-up, with a $490 million budget for EV rollout, compared to Queensland's $2.75 million budget for charging infrastructure.

There are different EV incentives and taxes across Australia.

The federal government released a Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper in February and it's expected the final strategy, including a policy on electric vehicles, will be released shortly.

On Tuesday, Energy Minister Angus Taylor issued the second of the government's low emissions technology statements at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, announcing a goal of producing solar electricity at a third of today's costs.

It's expected a third statement will include addressing electric vehicle uptake.

Ms Roberts said big rebates for EV purchases seem to work best in encouraging growth in the sector, with a jump in sales each time a rebate is offered.

A recent Australia Institute poll of 2600 Australians showed 71 per cent support of subsidies for EV purchases, while 74 per cent said the government should pay for a network of charging stations.

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

STATE GOVERNMENT ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVES

NSW

- $3000 rebates for the first 25,000 EVs sold for less than $68,750

- Stamp duty waived for EVs less than $78,000

- Road user charges as sales reach 30 per cent or from 2027

- EV sales tareget of 52 per cent by 2030.

South Australia

- $3000 rebates for the first 7000 EVs sold for under $68,750

- Road user charges as sales reach 30 per cent or from 2027

- Three year registration exemption for EVs sold for less than $78,000

- Aims for all passenger vehicle sales to be electric by 2035.

Victoria

- Rebates of $3000 as part of $46 million subsidy program for 20,000 electric vehicles

- $100 registration discount for EV passenger vehicles and exemption from "luxury vehicle" duty

- EV road user charge of 2.5c/km

- Target of 50 per cent of new light car sales to be zero emissions by 2030.

ACT

- Free EV registration for two years, stamp duty waived on new vehicles

- Interest free loans up to $15,000 for households and not-for-profits to buy zero emissions vehicles.

Tasmania

- Two-year waiver on EV purchases and on registration for car rental and coach firms

- $1000 grant to EV owners who rent their cars out through share programs.

Northern Territory

- Registration reduced by between $632.75 and $1272 for five years

- Stamp duty reduced by $1500 for five years.

Queensland

- Stamp duty and registration savings of approximately $350 over five years.

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