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ENERGY supplier AGL has expanded its EV subscription service into Queensland after trialling the program in NSW and Victoria.

Partnering with subscription provider Carbar and charging company JET Charge, AGL’s subsidiary Next will supply a selection of EV models to Brisbane-based consumers.

AGL said it had received more than 300 expressions of interest from motorists keen to try car subscription.

Carbar, which has operated in Queensland since early last year, said the tie-up with AGL and JET Charge was the result of keen interest in EVs and subscriptions by Queenslanders.

Carbar co-founder and CEO Des Hang said Queensland was his company’s fastest-growing market.

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“Queenslanders also have a preference for more expensive cars via subscription compared to other states too,” he said.

AGL executive general manager future business & technology John Chambers said he was excited to bring the service to Brisbane.

“Queensland is home to the world’s longest electric super highway, which means EV drivers can travel with ease from Cairns to Coolangatta,” Mr Chambers said.

“Our customers are a driving force in our path to a cleaner energy future and we’re excited to be expanding to Brisbane as EVs grow in popularity across the country.

“We want to help customers navigate the shift to an electric vehicle and this service provides the flexibility to do so with the ability to swap, upgrade or cancel at any time.

“We are confident Brisbane drivers are eager to embrace this new service, with more than 300 expressions of interest in our first 90 days, across NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

“As part of AGL’s Climate Statement commitments, we want to help to make these vehicles a viable option for our customers. EVs are no longer a pipe dream for Australian families and subscription is a real alternative to ownership.”

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AGL advertises its program online showing second-hand Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq cars available for $299 a week plus fees. It also offers the new MG ZS EV as well as Tesla models.

The subscription model offer is inclusive of registration, insurance, tyres, repairs, roadside assistance, the installation of an EV charger and carbon neutral credits.

The AGL program, with Carbar and JET Charge, is planned to be rolled out around the country.

AGL is one of the first Australian signatories to EV100 and has committed to making its own corporate fleet entirely electric by 2030.

It has also partnered with ARENA on a $8.25 million EV charging trial, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of different charging technologies, as well as exploring how an EV can be used to store energy and provide it back to the grid.

By Neil Dowling

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