Hyundai launches the Ioniq EV in Queensland
Hyundai has had a test run of it’s first fully electric vehicle on Queensland roads during it’s launch on November 27.
Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main ROads was at the national launch of the electric model held at Tritium, a global leader in electric charging technology.
Mr Bailey said it’s no surprise Hyundai decided to hold the national launch in Queensland as the state is fast becoming known as the Australian hot spot for electric vehicles (EVs).
“Queensland is home to the Electric Super Highway – the world’s longest in a single state and an infrastructure investment that is determining car maker policy for the entire country.
“These technologies complement the Palaszczuk Government’s electric vehicle strategy, which identifies 16 initiatives to help shift Queensland to an environmentally friendly EV fleet.
“The fact that drivers can travel approximately 1800km, from Coolangatta to Cairns, using the latest EV charging technology gave Hyundai the impetus it needed to invest into bringing its Ioniq electric vehicle to Australia, and choosing Queensland as its launchpad into the Australian market.”
Mr Bailey says the EV industry is the perfect example of why Queensland has to prepare for the jobs of the future.
“A few years ago, this technology and these jobs didn’t exist and now it’s a global industry,” he says.
“We need to skill Queenslanders for the future, not just in this industry, but for all workplaces” he said.
4 Dec 2018