Recharging NSW - Solar Citizens

Recharging NSW

Key Insights:

  • A strong Fuel Efficiency Standard is a key policy needed to reduce transport emissions and unlock a supply of affordable electric vehicles (EVs) to help tackle the cost of living crisis for all Australians – but regional areas have the most to gain.

  • The benefits of a strong Fuel Efficiency Standard will be greater for regional drivers, relative to city drivers, because they typically spend a higher percent of weekly earnings on transport costs due to longer average commutes, higher regional fuel prices and higher rates of car ownership.

  • Introducing a Fuel Efficiency Standard of 95 grams CO2/km would save NSW motorists $3.4 billion in fuel costs over five years.

  • A Fuel Efficiency Standard will turbocharge the growth of electric vehicles and could see EV registrations in NSW grow from 4297 in 2020 to more than 1270,638 in five years.

  • The reduction in transport emissions from a strong Fuel Efficiency Standard will improve air quality and health outcomes for NSW 

  • Failing to introduce a strong Standard will lock regions like NSW into spiralling fuel costs, limit vehicle choice for consumers, and see harmful transport emissions continue to rise.

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