In the Australian island state of Tasmania, the state government has pledged to transition its entire car fleet to battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen vehicles by 2030. An initiative for emission-free buses is also underway to determine whether hydrogen or electricity is more appropriate.
To begin, the Ministerial fleet will include four new hybrid vehicles over the next two years, the first of which will be in operation by the end of the current year. So far, the Tasmanian government has 14 fast chargers and 23 workplace and destination chargers and has plans to steadily continue expansion.
In order to fund this transition, the 2020-21 Budget allocates $2.3 million over three years for charging stations and EVs.
Additionally, Tasmania is getting ready to transition their public transport operators to an emissions-free model. Metro Tasmania will be tasked to trial zero-emission buses, including both electric vehicles and fuel cell buses, in Tasmania in both a northern and southern trial within the next two years.
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