Published on July 22nd 2022 in

Canberra driving the nation’s zero transmission plan

The ACT government’s new zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) strategy is a green light to carmakers and charging station companies to invest and will deliver Canberrans cleaner, cheaper roads, according to the Electric Vehicle Council.

Behyad Jafari, EVC chief executive said: “The ACT Government is making the tough reform decisions now to ease an inevitable transition that’s only a decade away, and The Territory has shone a green light to car makers and charging manufacturers to come and invest now.”

The new plan to phase out light internal combustion engines by 2035 is informed by an ambitious target of 80-90% of new light vehicles sales being ZEVs by 2030. “By setting long term targets in line with climate science, Canberrans will benefit from cheaper electric vehicles that cost a fraction to run. The new 2035 ban is achievable and in the best interests of us all. The International Energy Agency tells us it is absolutely necessary to achieve net zero by 2050.

According to Jafari: “42% of the world’s car market have incoming bans on light combustion engines, while 16 car makers are phasing out petrol and diesel cars. Five years ago, both those numbers were zero. Can you imagine what the world will look like five years from now?”

The strategy also includes financial incentives to remove the major barrier to people taking up electric vehicles, and Jafari said the comprehensive plan should be reviewed and adapted by other governments. “We need the federal government to adopt fuel efficiency standards in line with those in Europe, the USA, and NZ. As a country coming from behind, we now need them urgently. Taking action to price registration by emissions sets a clear expectation that lower and zero emissions vehicles should be better off compared to more heavily polluting vehicles under any future reform.”

Jafari concluded by saying that the ACT has made itself a beacon for other governments and there is no excuse for taking the lazy approach of further taxing EVs now and promising to do better later. “The ACT Government is ensuring Canberrans aren’t dumped with old fossil fuel guzzlers as the rest of the world goes electric. This is a sensible strategy and it should be replicated across Australia.”

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