TransGrid, Ergon, AGL, Tesla and Renault have teamed up to call on the Federal Government to support an emerging energy initiative.

The companies are co-signatories to a submission that has been prepared to increase the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) in Australia.

The Path Forward for Electric Vehicles in Australia was created by ClimateWorks, with input from Transgrid, NRMA, AGL, the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association, Ergon, Jet Charge, Tesla and the Electric Vehicle Council, among others.

The report intends to explore the role that electric vehicles can have in increasing energy productivity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The submission recommends several measures to be implemented to increase the uptake of EVs in Australia. These recommendations include:

  1. Treatment of Electric Vehicles under CO2 and noxious emissions standards
  •     Providing allowances for low or zero emission vehicles in the short term under CO2 emission standards to encourage manufacturers to increase model availability across market segments
  •     Consideration of the broader benefits of EVs to health, air quality, fuel security, energy productivity and electricity supply in any Regulatory Impact Statements undertaken
  1. Increasing demand, awareness and value
  •     Co-ordinating and incentivising infrastructure deployment, fuel consumption labelling, fleet purchasing policies, a National Electric Vehicle Roadmap, and Luxury Car and Fringe Benefit Tax exemptions

The submission said the lack of a national policy framework in Australia has led to limited overall support and incentives in comparison other countries.

View The Path Forward for Electric Vehicles in Australia submission here.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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