RACQ Electric Vehicle Panel

5 May 2023

Interested to find out more about electric vehicles? UQ’s Dr Cristyn Meath recently joined three of RACQ’s EV experts to answer questions of RACQ’s members and staff. Questions covered sustainability, charging, safety, driver experience and how to charge an EV if you live in an apartment.

Dr Meath also explained how The University of Queensland has been supporting the transition to EVs by providing charging stations for public use and incentives for staff, as well as converting their own fleet of vehicles to EVs. ‘Organisations can play an important role in supporting sustainability transitions, beyond their own operations. By providing staff and the public with charging facilities, UQ is supporting those who can’t install charging stations due to a lack of appropriate energy infrastructure in their apartment complexes, or people wanting to charge their vehicles during the day while Queensland’s solar panels are producing electricity. We’re also bringing more EVs onto the second hand market as the UQ EV fleet is sold.’

‘Interest in the RACQ EV Panel also shows the importance of speaking to the public to understand what information will help them make important decisions like purchasing an electric vehicle. And with the panel reaching RACQ’s 1.1 million members and more through social media, RACQ has provided a valuable contribution to support Queenslanders to navigate the evolution of mobility.’ Dr Meath said. The ability of the panel to answer the many and diverse questions asked by members was due to the breadth of RACQ’s expertise on the topic with RACQ’s Head of Public Policy Dr Michael Kane, RACQ’s Principal Technical Researcher Andrew Kirk and The Road Ahead’s Motoring Editor Ged Bulmer sharing their insights. 

The RACQ EV panel has been followed by a new strategy from the Federal Government with more developments expected to follow. 

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