"More than 100 Australian mayors and councillors are calling on the federal
government to supercharge the country’s supply of affordable electric vehicles
by legislating strong fuel efficiency standards.
In a joint statement by “Cities Power Partnership”, a Climate Council
initiative, the 121 local government officials representing councils across
Australia said transport is a significant source of emissions at all levels of
“Local governments are doing what we can to switch to electric vehicles (EVs),
but our hands are tied,” they said in a joint statement.
“A lack of supply to Australia, and the strong federal policy to drive it,
makes it difficult to transition our fleets, therefore limiting the
availability of secondhand vehicles to communities. We urge the Federal
Government to support our access to electric vehicles by legislating strong
fuel efficiency standards.”
The councils said world-class fuel efficiency standards would bring more low
and zero emissions vehicles to Australian shores, helping accelerate the
transition for councils, and the second hand market after three to five years.
“This ensures communities have access to the best technology at a fair price,”
the councils said, noting that fuel efficiency standards exist in 80 per cent
of the world’s market."
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