EV INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS LEAVE AUSTRALIA IN THE SLOW LANE


TODAY’S RELEASE of the final report of the Select Committee on Electric Vehicles shows Australia is at risk of being left behind in the electric vehicle revolution, according to the Australian Greens.

EV INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS LEAVE AUSTRALIA IN THE SLOW LANE
“Australian Governments should prioritise the development of a national EV strategy and an inter-governmental taskforce to lead its implementation," the Report recommends.

"The weak recommendations of this report demonstrate just how feeble Labor and Liberal are when it comes to electric vehicle policy. Both major parties say the right words about electric vehicles when it suits them, but when it comes to actually getting behind policies and incentives that will support electric vehicle uptake they are missing in action," said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson, and member of the Committee.

"The world is experiencing an electric vehicle revolution that is transforming how we move people and goods."

"But Australia is a global laggard when it comes to policy ambition and certainty. The government has a choice to get Australia in the fast lane, but that means hitting the accelerator with ambitious targets and incentives to drive the uptake of electric vehicles."

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"We have the opportunity now to get on board and benefit from this technology, such as the economic boost and jobs in vehicle assembly, battery and component manufacturing, and EV infrastructure installation, all while improving Australia’s fuel security, reducing carbon pollution and improving public health from cleaner air."

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WINDOW CLOSING?

"But the window of opportunity for Australia to be a global electric vehicle powerhouse is closing as other countries speed past us. Countries like Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark are already miles ahead in the race to transition to electric vehicles."

"The Greens are the only party with a real plan to get Australia in the fast lane, so that we can reap the rewards that will come from electric vehicles."

The Greens plan includes: setting a target of 100 per cent of new passenger vehicles being electric by 2030; strong vehicle emissions standards; removing import tariffs and other taxes such as GST, stamp duty and registration, and rolling out fast-charging infrastructure.

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REPORT NOTES

Highlighted by the report, it notes that: "EV uptake in Australia lags behind that of other comparable countries due to a relative absence of overarching policy direction from Australian Governments."

"The higher upfront cost of EVs, concerns about driving range, lack of recharging infrastructure, and limited model availability are key factors hindering consumer uptake.

"In the Committee's view, widespread use of EVs in the Australian transportation fleet would deliver significant economic, environmental and health benefits to Australian consumers and society.

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"It would also create new opportunities for Australian industry. There would be challenges associated with increasing EV uptake, but they can be managed with well calibrated regulatory settings."

It added that: "Australian Governments should prioritise the development of a national EV strategy and an inter-governmental taskforce to lead its implementation."

"National EV sales targets could be set to deliver certainty to business and consumers, and careful examination should be given to policies that may be introduced to reduce the upfront cost of EVs and improve their price competitiveness with internal combustion engine vehicles."

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