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Last month at the Queensland Professional Development Forum we heard from Vince White, General Manager at QFleet.

Vince gave us important insight into QFleet’s Environmental Strategy, sharing the overall EV journey experience and some of the challenges fleet managers should expect to face when adopting EV’s.

QFleet is the Queensland Government’s fleet manager that provides vehicle leasing and fleet management services to:​

  • government departments​
  • government-funded organisations across the state​
  • local councils.​

In 2017 Government set a state target of zero net emissions by 2050, with an interim target of at least 30% emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. In order to help achieve this goal, QFleet introduced three strategies to improve the environmental profile and performance of the Queensland Government motor vehicle fleet.

Vince shared those strategies with us:

  • The QFleet Environmental Strategy, designed to progressively lower the fleet’s emissions through the availability of lower-emission vehicles and improvements in fleet operation and management​
  • The QFleet Electric Vehicle Transition Strategy, aim is to transition all eligible (mainly passenger and SUVs) vehicles across to electric or zero emission by 30 June 2026. QFleet’s current electric vehicle strategy aims to double the number of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the fleet each year for four years with at least 288 EVs in the fleet at the end of 2022. These current targets will be included and absorbed into the ZEV Strategy ​
  • QFleet Emissions Reduction Guide, providing advice for Agencies to put QFleet’s environmental and electric vehicle transition strategies into practice. ​

The challenges and barriers surrounding a smooth EV journey often relate to charging infrastructure, procurement of vehicles and vehicle ‘fit for purpose’ considerations.

QFleet manages more than 10,000 vehicles, comprised of passenger and light commercial vehicles across the vast state of Queensland, vehicles found in several different types of areas from outback to metropolitan.

“These cars have got to be fit for purpose,” Vince explained while discussing the process of introducing EV’s to fleet. While not all environments will support the current EV models available, fleets in metropolitan areas are expected to have an easier time welcoming EVs to their roads.

“Majority of those passenger vehicles which will be a part of the transition will be in metropolitan areas.”

A big thank you to Vince for his time and insight into QFleet’s EV Transition Strategy.

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