"The Albanese government will impose a fuel efficiency standard on new cars and
encourage electric vehicle uptake in an attempt to cut 3m tonnes of carbon
emissions by 2030.
But despite numerous previous reviews, the government’s latest strategy does
not include any new targets for EV uptake or what the fuel efficiency standard
should look like, with specifics to be decided over the next year through
another consultation process.
The climate change and energy minister, Chris Bowen, said on Wednesday the
government’s EV policy would “provide greater choice for Australians to drive
cars that are cleaner and cheaper to run”. He said Russia and Australia were
the only two developed nations in the world without fuel efficiency standards,
which meant car manufacturers were incentivised to send higher-polluting
vehicles to Australia because they could not be sold elsewhere.
“Fuel efficiency standards would require more affordable electric vehicles to
be sent to Australia,” Bowen told a Canberra press conference.
“In other countries there’s a much bigger range of electric vehicles available
for people. We want people of all walks of life, regardless of their income, to
have the chance to consider buying an electric vehicle.”
He said car company executives had told him they could not convince their
global boards to send more fuel efficient vehicles to Australia.
The fuel efficiency standard is yet to be designed in consultation with
industry, but the government points to studies that suggest a standard on how
much carbon dioxide cars can emit could save motorists $519 a year in fuel
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