Home charging set to cost less for EV owners

Electric Vehicle owners in Queensland will soon be paying less to charge their vehicles after Ergon Energy unveiled their new EV Home Charging Plan.

As part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to achieving 50 percent renewable energy generation by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050, drivers will be encouraged to make the switch to electric, with Ergon Energy offering cheaper electricity prices for customers that could see them save up to 18%, or $234, on consumption costs each year.

To keep in line with the Government’s commitments, the EV Home Charging Plan will be powered partially by renewable energy.

The Plan will work in a similar way to economy Tariff 33, which guarantees customers 18 hours of power each day for appliances that don’t require constant power. This means EV owners will be able to charge their vehicle during the day as well as over night for the same cheap rate.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the EV Home Charging Plan would open the door for additional changes to be made to electric vehicles tariffs that would ultimately bring down the cost of charging while making the process simpler.

“Many of our customers are already using this economy tariff [Tariff 33] with pool pumps, hot water systems and air conditioners,” said Dr Lynham.

“By adding electric vehicles to that mix, there will be the opportunity to develop new electric vehicle tariffs as the vehicles become more commonplace.

The EV Home Charging Plan is the latest investment in electric vehicle infrastructure from the Queensland Government and comes less than a month after Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Hon. Mark Bailey, opened the first charging station for the new ultra-fast charging network that will power electric vehicles between Coolangatta and Cairns.

Mr Bailey believes these investments will see Queensland become a leader in electric vehicle uptake.

“If Queensland is to capitalise on the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles, we need to support innovative ways to grow ownership,” said Mr Bailey.

“With cheaper models now on the market, electric vehicles are more affordable and accessible to a greater number of buyers.

“Providing incentives like cheaper energy is an excellent strategy to get more electric vehicles on to Queensland roads.”

Original source: Minister for Transport and Main Roads | Cheaper charging choice for EV owners

11 Dec 2019

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