National Electric Vehicle Strategy unlocks path forward for zero emissions transport
28 September 2022: National Electric Vehicle Strategy unlocks path forward for zero emissions transport
Solar Citizens today welcomes the Federal Government’s National Electric Vehicle Strategy consultation process, stating that this shows that the government is genuine in its commitment to zero-emissions transport.
“After almost a decade of stalling, pit stops and roadblocks on Australia’s electric vehicle (EV) policy, it’s refreshing to see a genuine consultation process open – this is indeed a step in the right direction,” said Ajaya Haikerwal, Clean Transport Campaigner at Solar Citizens.
“With the fuel excise subsidy coming off tomorrow, this consultation could not come at a better time. Australian households are paying more than ever for fuel. Having access to affordable EVs, with Australian-made batteries and components, charged from cheap, clean renewable energy would do wonders for the hip pocket and our climate.
“The discussion paper presents some challenging topics to consider, and we’re pleased to see that the government is taking this process seriously, with pointed questions around supply, equity, subsidies, manufacturing and charging.
“Critically, there are five questions around the most important EV policy required to get up to speed with the rest of the world – Fuel Efficiency Standards. This policy is a low-hanging fruit that will see a wave of affordable EVs being brought into the country, increasing consumer choice and reducing our emissions, but only if it’s designed correctly, without loopholes.”
Media Contact: Ajaya Haikerwal (0400 723 324)