A$9 million from the SA state government will support a production facility and bus trial
Having lagged behind other markets in terms of EV uptake and infrastructure, Australia seems to be taking greater interest of late.
The South Australian Government has announced a A$9 million commitment to implement the first stage of the State Government’s “Hydrogen Roadmap.” This would provide A$8.2 million over four years for Stage One of the roadmap, which includes the construction of a hydrogen production facility, a refuelling station and a trial involving six hydrogen-fuelled buses.
The 2017-18 State Budget also funds:
- A$500,000 towards a partnership with the Adelaide City Council to support the installation of battery systems in laneway businesses to help manage power demand.
- A$200,000 for 10 parking spaces with electric vehicle charging facilities.
- A$75,000 for electric vehicle recharging stations.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis commented: “The South Australian economy – like the economy of the nation as a whole – is transitioning towards a low-carbon future… We have seen that in recent months when the world’s leading battery storage companies turned their attention to investing in what we are doing with Our Energy Plan here in South Australia. By supporting the hydrogen and electric-vehicle industries, we can also be a leading player and create jobs in these growing sectors.”
Last month, the country also launched the Electric Vehicle Council, an industry-led organisation representing and coordinating the EV industry in Australia.