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Benefits to Queenslanders

Electric vehicles (EV) present Queensland with a unique opportunity to deliver a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Approximately 14% of Queensland total greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, making it the second highest emitting sector in the state.

The average EV produces around 30% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to a conventional fossil fuel vehicle when using Queensland’s current electricity grid mix. EVs will contribute towards Queensland Government renewable energy target.

Graph of CO2 emissions per kilometre for a fossil fuel powered vehicle compared to an electric vehicle

A graph showing that an electric vehicle emits less CO2 emissions when considering lifecycle (including electricity generation) and tailpipe emissions.

Reduce transport costs

When compared with fossil fuel vehicles, EVs can save users 60–90% off what they would pay for a tank of fuel. EVs also have reduced registration stamp duty and maintenance costs in Queensland.

Compare the cost of an EV and a fossil fuel vehicle.

Reduce oil dependency

Australia is highly reliant on imported oil for the majority of its transport needs, in comparison Queensland is completely self-reliant in terms of electricity production.

By using electricity instead of oil products, EVs will help reduce the Queensland economy’s dependency on oil, while supporting the use of renewable and locally-produced energy.

Improve public health

EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, this technology will assist in reducing urban pollution leading to improved public health. Reports indicate that fossil fuel vehicle emissions lead to 40% more premature deaths than motor vehicle accidents, each year in Australia.

Improve urban amenity

EVs produce significantly less noise compared to fossil fuel vehicles – particularly at lower speeds. This means traffic noise will be reduced by EVs, which will improve urban amenity.

Increase efficiency

Electric vehicles convert approximately 90% of their battery-stored energy to propel the vehicle. In contrast, petrol and diesel vehicles have an energy conversion rate of only 20-30%.

To better understand the benefits a transition to EVs will have for Queensland, read more in The Future is Electric: Queensland Electric Vehicle Strategy.