news The Australian Greens have launched a plan to encourage the rollout of electric vehicles and move away from “old dirty power sources”.
Launching the plan in Strathfield, Sydney, the party’s leader Senator Richard Di Natale said Australia needed to get behind “clean, innovative transport options”.
“Electric vehicles are rapidly coming down in price. With solar panels on our roof, charging our batteries for our home and car, free daily transport is at our fingertips,” he said. “ The Australian Greens want to increase the adoption of electric vehicles and encourage the growing electric vehicle industry by promoting free registration for electric vehicles.
The Senator suggested that the federal government should provide incentives for people taking up this “clean and reliable” source of transport. This could be done by paying the cost to the states of registering new electric vehicles for up to five years, he added.
The plan would also establish a $151 million fund to provide grants for state government agencies, local governments and private car park operators that want to set up electric vehicle charging stations for people in their communities.
“You would be able to literally plug in your car to the power station at your local train station, sporting oval, swimming pool, library or while you are doing the groceries,” Di Natale said.
The Green’s proposal also includes promoting the purchase of electric fleet vehicles by NGOs and government. These vehicles would subsequently be allowed move into the secondhand vehicle market when fleet operators turn these cars after around five years.
“Providers like Nissan have had the electric Leaf vehicle on the market since 2010 and since then we have seen the market grow with more people wanting a cleaner, cheaper option for transport,” Di Natale said.
He further said Australia should support local developers and manufacturers of battery technologies, and electric vehicle servicing and engineering, to “seize the opportunities of the electric vehicle future”.
“The old dirty power sources like diesel and coal are on their way out and we need to support industries like electric vehicles to move toward a more innovative future,” Di Natale said.
Australian Greens transport spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice, commented: “Electric cars and buses are a critical part of the transport mix for a clean transport future.”
She added that the Greens’ plan for electric vehicles will “drive Australia’s transition to the new economy, creating the high skilled jobs of the future”.
Back in March, the Senate backed a motion from the Greens calling on the government to “refocus” South Australia’s car manufacturing industry on electric vehicles.
The motion called on the Government to use industry assistance such as the Automotive Transformation Scheme to encourage investment in the manufacture of electric and other non-fossil fuel powered vehicles in the state.
Further it would develop a strategy to support workers transition to new jobs following the closure of the troubled Holden Elizabeth Plant.