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The Electric Vehicle Council say that more than 100 companies and organisations have united in a push to get one million electric cars on Australian roads by 2027.

The alliance has come together from sectors including transport, retail, agriculture, health, technology, insurance, environment, and research to support the federal government’s development of a National Electric Vehicle Strategy.

The alliance is calling for that strategy to: include a strong fuel efficiency standard consistent with the US, NZ and Europe; boost investment in EV manufacturing through a collaborative EV industry development plan; facilitate the roll-out of a co-ordinated charging network, with a focus on the regions and the suburbs; support more electric buses, trucks, and other commercial vehicles for Australian business; create economic modelling that factors in the many benefits of EVs, including less pollution, improved public health, and better fuel security, and; set a goal to have one million EVs on Australian roads by 2027.

Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari. Photo Facebook.

EV policy ready to accelerate

Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari says that after years of inaction from Canberra, Australian EV policy is now ready to accelerate and business wants to ensure we don’t miss the moment.

‘This new federal government is off to a strong start and a National EV Strategy announced in the first months of its tenure is an excellent development. But after a long period of policy stagnation we now need a strategy that contains robust measures.

‘We know Australians want the transition to electric vehicles to speed up. Our most recent data shows a 65 per cent leap in EV sales over the past year. But that still leaves Australia with a lot of opportunity to fill, by catching up to the rest of the world.

Absence of fuel efficiency standard

‘The absence of a fuel efficiency standard is largely to blame as manufacturers overlook our nation in favour of others who have more ambitious plans. We can fix that swiftly and these hundred organisations from across Australian industry and society are making it clear they want that to happen.

Mr Jafari says Australian business understands that transport should be doing its share of heavy lifting on the path to net zero. ‘If we don’t put a big dent in our transport emissions, by getting more EVs on the roads, it will put unsustainable pressure on other sectors like farming, manufacturing, construction, mining and energy.

‘If we get this EV Strategy right, the opportunities are enormous. We could be employing tens of thousands of Australians building batteries, chargers, cars, buses, and trucks. We’ll be cutting pollution from transport and doing our fair share to combat climate change. And we’ll be reducing our reliance on foreign oil by using Australian energy to move.’

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  1. Australia had better get cracking on EV’s preparedness.
    The EU has just announced a ban on the sale of ICE cars and vans from 2035. This on the heels of car manufactures around the world flagging their phasing out the manufacture of ICE vehicles.

  2. Electricity prices by 2027will be so high that petrol will look cheap , Germany tried doing renewables (so called) and have failed, they are presently dismantling wind turbines so they can get to the coal underneath.

    • Anton, Anton, Anton.
      Electricity prices hitting the heights because of Putin’s War and its impact on the price of fossil fuels – coal and gas.
      And it is gas and coal which largely set the price for our electricity bills.
      So, us / Australia getting off fossil fuels is not only good for climate and environment, it is also good for our electricity bills.
      And naturally, Putin ending his war goes without saying.

      You write about Germany and renewables, Germany hasn’t failed at all.
      Putin’s War is accelerating the drive for increased renewables, because energy security / sovereignty comes when you harness your own Sun, Wind, Water energies.
      The wind turbines coming down, yes, but you haven’t written the whole story now, have you.
      The Keyenberg wind farm, sits on the edge of Garzweiler coal mine.
      8 wind turbines are to removed ( 1 wind turbine has so far been removed ) to allow further coal extraction to reactivate 3 coal power plants that were previously on standby. The reactivation – a temporary measure – prompted by the energy supply situation resulting from Putin’s War. None of it is ideal to be sure.
      Writing that Germany failed, best not exaggerate with bullcrap writing.

      • If renewables have not failed then they would not need coal or Putins gas, renewables are intermittent and unreliable and do not provide continuous base load power . When Zelenski asked for assistance from Australia, he asked for coal, not solar panels and wind turbines .

        • Germany – The War, dear Anton, The War has tipped things upside down for the moment, but the gain is the changing thinking of energy sovereignty that comes from within, from renewables.

          Ukraine and Aussie coal?
          You “Doing an Anton”, gone off piste, but lovely to hear that you are in on the deep discussions between Ukraine and Australia about President Zelensky’s request for war effort aid.
          Pleasedo keep us further informed as Pres Zelensky makes further requests for our help.

  3. Power your home or your car. Mines to create the supply of inputs will need to grow. This has not been thought through. Pollution may be off the road, but it grows in the hinterlands. With short supply comes the bottlenecks, then the bust.


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