Australia steps to support the electric vehicle vision

Australia continues to lag behind comparable developed nations when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) adoption. However, there is reason to be optimistic that this gap may begin to close as States and Territories across the nation introduce new policies to support the EV vision.

From incentives such as discounts on registrations and zero-interest loans to infrastructure proposals and clean energy initiatives, Australia is taking positive steps to encourage the uptake of EVs and educate the population about their benefits. 

Most recently, New South Wales announced commitments to further invest in public charging networks, provide co-funding for fleets to transition to EVs and electrify the states entire bus fleet.

Queensland has continued to implement The Future is Electric: Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Strategy and invest in public charging infrastructure. 

The Australian Capital Territory is progressing on its targets to electrify its bus fleet, offering zero-interest loans and free registration for up to two years for EV owners.

Further to this, many local governments across Australia have a strong appetite to implement policies that support EV adoption through community outreach policies, planning instruments, public charging infrastructure, and the transition of local government fleets to electric.

With these measures in place, Australians are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages that EVs can bring.

Australia’s EV numbers are small now, but the appetite for them is growing. With a little encouragement, the EV market will continue to expand, bringing with it many economic and environmental benefits.

Source:

Electric Vehicle Council | State of Electric Vehicles 2020

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16 December 2020

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