Electric vehicles are the environmentally friendly motoring alternative and are fast becoming the standard worldwide.  Compared to petrol and diesel vehicles, electric vehicles produce less CO2 emissions, are cheaper to run, require minimal servicing and are not as noisy.  A Battery Electric Vehicle runs exclusively on electricity via batteries that are charged by plugging into an outlet or charging station, for example a Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 or Tesla.

Although it may seem like a no brainer, the most commonly asked questions from our stakeholders relate to how much it might cost to buy an electric vehicle, and how far you can travel on a fully charged battery.  There has been some important progress around both cost reductions for electric vehicle owners and access to infrastructure.

The ACT Government and ActewAGL have both recognised the significant benefits that electric transport can deliver for the ACT community and the environment, and are delivering incentives that will add to the long list of benefits for electric vehicle owners.

The ACT Government already offers Canberrans a Green Vehicle Scheme where no duty is payable at the time of registration. The ACT Government is currently investigating a wide range of additional incentives for electric vehicle drivers, including access to transit lanes, parking incentives and re-fuelling (charging) incentives.  To ensure electric vehicle drivers have plenty of access to recharging infrastructure, ActewAGL is investigating a fast charge network roll out for Canberra.

Canberrans are really catching on to electric transport options. The ACT Government has reported that there are over 220 Battery Electric Vehicles registered in the ACT.  In addition to these vehicles, there are also many Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles registered.

With the ACT Government’s commitment to 100% of the ACT’s electricity needs being renewably sourced by 2025, these vehicles really pack a punch for the transport sector.  When charged on renewable energy, electric vehicles offer Canberrans zero emission driving with no reliance on finite fossil fuels.

Ron Collins, the Electric Vehicle Council Chairman said “This is a really exciting time for electric vehicles, with stakeholders like fleet providers, developers of charging infrastructure and policy makers all making inroads to support the development of the electric vehicle market.”

“The existing availability of electric vehicles from Nissan, Mitsubishi, Holden, Audi, BMW and Tesla means there is plenty of choice in price, performance and range for new car buyers to consider. For owners of electric vehicles, it is a reality that they will never have to stop at a petrol station again.”

 

The Electric Vehicle Council is comprised of representatives from academic, industry and corporate sectors, who act as advocates for the adoption of electric vehicles. The aim of the Council is to promote electric vehicles as a viable transportation alternative to conventionally fuelled vehicles.

Chairman and Media Spokesman – Ron Collins 0439 133 658



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