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Greens call for Turnbull leadership on electric vehicles following leaked government report

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Janet Rice 15 Jun 2018

The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to show some leadership and let Australia join the electric vehicle revolution, with a leaked government report and another expert report out today recommending the way forward on electric vehicle policy.

“It’s staggering that the Turnbull government is burying its head in the sand while the rest of the world zips past us in their electric vehicles. We know from other countries that the best way to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles is through government action, including financial incentives,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

“Australia is already a global laggard when it comes to electric vehicle uptake, but Malcolm Turnbull has a chance to get us back on track if he listens to the evidence.”

“The Greens have laid out our plan to kick-start the EV revolution, including a commitment to cut the upfront cost of an EV by up to 20% by removing a number of taxes, levies and charges for zero emission vehicles.”

“We have also pushed for the introduction of strong light vehicle emissions standards, an electric vehicle sales requirement for manufacturers selling vehicles in Australia and investment to boost to public fast charging infrastructure.”

“These mechanisms would set us on the road to 100% of all new car sales being electric cars by 2030.”

“Unless the Turnbull Government acts fast and introduces financial incentives for electric vehicles and legislates strong vehicle emissions standards, Australia will continue to be the global dumping ground for inefficient, polluting gas guzzlers while the rest of the world drives clean, efficient electric vehicles.”

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