The NSW Government has delivered a financial reform and automotive incentive package that sets the precedent for other Governments to follow in its drive to increase electric vehicle uptake across the State, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The elimination of stamp duty on electric vehicles (EV) up to $78,000 from 1 September 2021 and all EVs including Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) from 1 July 2027, $151 million investment in EV charging infrastructure in metropolitan and regional areas, EV access to transit T2 and T3 lanes and cash rebates for EV customers represent some of the most significant reforms ever seen in Australia in support of new automotive technology. A road user charge of 2.5c/km for EV and a 2.0c/km for PHEV will be applied from 1 July 2027 or when EVs make up at least 30% of new car sales.
“The direction being set by the NSW Government has the capacity to kick start serious EV penetration into Australia,” said Tony Weber FCAI Chief Executive. “As the future of mobility continues to rapidly transform, now is the time for Governments to relieve motorists of a myriad of outdated, confusing and inefficient charges and replace them with a simplified road user charging approach.”
The FCAI had released a discussion paper last month advocating for the introduction of a road user charging approach aimed at eliminating charges such as registration, sales taxes and luxury car taxes and replacing them with one charge.
Weber added: “This change in the taxation for EVs and PHEVs, significant investment in charging infrastructure, initiatives supporting fleets and consumer incentives balanced with a user charge represent the most significant steps we have seen in decades.” He also acknowledged the introduction of incentives for EV customers: $3,000 rebate will be available for the first 25,000 EVs under $68,750 sold from 1 September 2021. “The incentives package for EVs is consistent with actions being taken by forward-thinking governments across the world.”
Weber said the FCAI, and its members would work alongside the NSW Government to identify and introduce future reforms that supported the simplification and efficiency of future automotive road user charging structures and systems. “Ideally, road user charging decisions should not be based around specific technologies and particularly those that are in their relative infancy in the Australian market. An efficient road user charging scheme can address all vehicle users regardless of the type of vehicle they drive, how often it is driven and the purpose of the travel.”