South Australia has increased the number of new electric vehicles that will be able to access its $ 3,000 rebate and has officially delayed the introduction of a road user tax for electric vehicles in response to criticism of its political support for electric vehicles.
A bill passed this week by state parliament will extend the $ 3,000 subsidy for purchases of new electric cars priced below $ 68,750 to 7,000 first-time buyers (up from 6,000) (effective now) and will also waive the registration fee for the first three years.
It is also delaying the proposed road user tax for electric vehicles until July 1, 2027, or until all-electric car sales account for 30% of new car sales, following a similar path to the New South Wales. Victoria has already imposed its road user tax for electric vehicles.
The rebate and registration changes are part of a $ 22.7 million package and are intended to soften the deal for new electric vehicle owners who will eventually have to pay 2.5 cents per mile driven by drivers. electric vehicles and 2 cents / km for plug-in hybrids. .
In August, a study by the Australia Institute showed that many South Australians are keen to buy an electric vehicle, but the introduction of a road use tax would deter them.
South Africa’s Treasurer Rob Lucas hailed the new bill, saying it represented more money “on a pro rata basis” than the New South Wales or Victorian-era government.
“The pace of change is overwhelming – where the future is zero emissions, the future is electric vehicles,” he said in a statement. South Australia also leads the country and the world in the share of wind and solar power in its grid, with 62% of local demand in the past 12 months.
However, Solar Citizens’ electric vehicle campaign manager Alistair Perkins said the expanded rebate and free rego would not offset the new electric vehicle tax: “It’s good that electric vehicle buyers are daring. ‘South Australia may access some of the incentives offered in other states, but this hasty new tax is a step in the wrong direction,’ he said in a statement.
“The government’s failure to offer the stamp duty discounts available in NSW and ACT is a missed opportunity that will leave South Australians paying more. “
A new report released Thursday by the University of New South Wales ahead of the COP24 world summit says Australia should do more to shift its transport sector to zero-emission electric mobility.
The report notes that Australia’s historically weak lack of support policy for electric vehicles has limited driver choice, and our love of large sport utility vehicles is driving up transportation emissions.
“The catalog of electric vehicles available to Australian drivers is very limited because we don’t really have a clear policy on this,” said Anna Bruce, renewable energy expert and associate professor at the UNSW School of Photovoltaics and Renewable. Energy Resources.
“This discourages automakers from investing in the production of left-hand drive versions of vehicles already available overseas.
“It is also difficult to import used vehicles into the country and on top of that there are additional road taxes for owners of electric vehicles. So it’s roadblocks like these that are hampering the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia.
“It’s like the chicken-and-egg dilemma – but without the right policies and regulations, demand for electric vehicles will remain low.”
News in late 2020 that states would consider recharging electric cars, which do not pay the fuel excises levied by the federal government, has been greeted with warnings that such taxes would hurt the already slow and nascent transition to clean transport in Australia.
The introduction of a road user tax for electric vehicles in Victoria on July 1 has been met with derision by drivers who have been threatened with their registration canceled if they do not send in their statements. odometer. It is one of the only jurisdictions in the world to currently tax electric vehicles.
Two electric vehicle drivers in Australia have launched a legal attack on the Victorian government for introducing a road user tax for electric vehicles, claiming it is unconstitutional and only delays an important transition to safe driving carbon.
Bridie Schmidt is the senior reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and has a keen interest in the role zero-emission transportation needs to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and offers it for rent at evee.com.au.