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Australia’s governments move decisively towards electric vehicles

Australia’s governments move decisively towards electric vehicles

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In the last couple of days two of Australia’s state and territory governments have made major policy announcements:

ACT

Bans sale of fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2035, target of 80-90% zero-emission by 2030. To be clear, this is the sale of new vehicles; you won’t need to trade in your current ICE car. It hasn’t been said, but I would expect you’d be able to transfer cars into ACT. The ban is just about the sale of new vehicles, and it follows the same timescale as the European Union’s similar ban.

Canberra, like all Australian cities, needs to do work on its charging infrastructure. While quite a few homes could install fast chargers in the garage, a lot of people live in apartments and there’s not many fast chargers at the moment:

plugshare.com – DC fast chargers matching Hyindai IONIQ5, typical EV

This graph from the ACT government shows the rise in EV purchasing:

Queensland

Queensland has just announced this:

  • 50% of new passenger vehicle sales to be zero emission by 2030, moving to 100% by 2036
  • 100% of eligible Queensland Government fleet passenger vehicles to be zero emission by 2026
  • every new TransLink funded bus added to the fleet to be a zero emission bus from 2025 in South East Queensland and from 2025-2030 across regional Queensland. source

So not a ban on fossil-fuelled vehicles, but it is a definite shift towards them. This would also mean extra chargers, and a supply of ex-government EVs on the market.

But EVs aren’t quite able to replace diesel 4x4s just yet..

https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/projects/electricvehicles/zero-emission-strategy?fbclid=IwAR06W2ydcwLCj9ymiLrRnVTH9gETyxk3c7-mhtq0OOJPC06GPeVV6HUKWQ4
Robert Pepper Automotive journalist specialising in 4X4s, sportscars, camping and future tech.

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