The Tasmanian Government has invested $250,000 to establish a network of electric vehicle stations across the state.
As part of the government’s Climate Change Action Plan, which aims for zero emissions by 2050, the funds will also be used to establish an electric vehicle working group.
“It is important that we are engaging with local government, business and industry, and that the roll out of electric vehicle charging stations is both coordinated and well supported,” parliamentary secretary for small business, trade and red tape reduction Roger Jaensch said.
“Tasmania is ideally suited to benefit from a growing electric vehicle market.
“Electric vehicles are less expensive to run than petrol or diesel vehicles and, together with increased renewable electricity supply, have the potential to reduce emissions from our transport sector and help to improve our energy security.”
The government also announced it was sponsoring the state’s annual Electric Vehicle Festival, held this week.
“The four-day festival gets underway in Devonport today, and will include the largest display of electric vehicles in Australia, the first ever electric vehicle convoy to travel from Devonport to Cradle Mountain, and an electric bike ride from Hobart to Devonport,” Mr Jaensch said.