Governments and car manufacturers are investing hundreds of billions of dollars in electric vehicles. But while the electric transport revolution is inevitable, the final destination remains unknown. The electric vehicle transition is about more than just doing away with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. We must also ensure quality technology and infrastructure, anticipate the future and avoid unwanted outcomes, such as entrenching disadvantage. In Australia, the electric vehicle rollout has been slow, and federal action limited. But some state governments are working to electrify bus fleets, roll out public charging networks and trial smart vehicle charging in homes. Australia’s world-leading rollout of rooftop solar power systems offers a guide to help navigate the transition. We’ve identified three key lessons on what’s gone well, and in hindsight, what could have been done differently.
Guardian 10th June 2021 read more »
Ministers are considering a radical plan to axe tariffs on hybrid and electric cars as part of efforts to speed up Boris Johnson’s switch to a carbon-neutral economy. Officials are understood to be eyeing the plan as part of efforts to send a message that the country will champion free trade after Brexit and is committed to limiting climate change. It might aid the switch to electric when new diesel and petrol cars are banned in 2030 but would also open up Britain’s car markets to cheaper foreign imports – piling pressure on producers at home. The recommendation is among those in a new report, Clean Free Trade, released by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), a conservative think-tank noted for its influence upon Government decision-making. Tariffs have already been cut on a wide range of sustainability-linked goods this year. The CPS says the Government should go further by lowering levies on more products including electric and hybrid vehicles as well as bicycles.
Telegraph 10th June 2021 read more »