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    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    New investment in electric vehicles

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Monday, September 07, 2015

    New investment in electric vehicles

    The Palaszczuk Government’s energy agenda moves further down the road with the announcement of a partnership with Mitsubishi Motors and Ergon Energy to bring eight Electric Vehicles (EVs) into the electricity distributor’s passenger fleet this year.

    Minister for Energy, Mark Bailey said Ergon was looking to the future with EVs.

    “Investing in electric vehicles is in the long-term interests of Queensland, so it is gratifying to see partnerships like this driving investment,” Mr Bailey said.

    Ergon Energy Chief Executive Ian McLeod said the agreement underscored Ergon’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions and embrace emerging technologies.

    “Ergon Energy, as a forward thinking electricity distributor believes that wider adoption of EVs will happen,” Mr McLeod said.

    Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said he is pleased to partner with the Palaszczuk Government and Ergon Energy in its efforts to raise awareness of electric vehicle technology and environmental sustainability.

    “The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) are the world’s first Plug-in Hybrid SUV and their versatility will suit Queensland’s robust environment,” Mr Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said.  

    The eight Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) joining the Ergon Energy fleet will be based in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay, Maryborough and Toowoomba. 

    In July this year Ergon Energy announced its retail business was working with government and industry to help create an electric vehicle (EV) highway with Australia's first solar-powered fast-charging station for EVs to be established in Townsville. 

    Ergon Energy is also finalising a lease offer to employees that could see up to a further 100 EVs taken on for private use later in the year.

     

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