The Electric Vehicle Council has commended the release of a consultation paper on an EV national strategy.
CEO Behyad Jafari said:
“It is a breath of fresh air to see a federal government take this issue so seriously, acting on a national policy within the first months of its administration
“The discussion paper is correct to focus on demand and supply as the necessary first steps towards building a dynamic domestic EV sector.
“Australia can absolutely be an EV powerhouse, employing Australians to build products right across the EV supply chain. But we won’t realise those opportunities while our standards lag the rest of the world.
“The most urgent next step from this process is a strong fuel efficiency standard that reflects best practice.
“The unfortunate truth is that until now, Australia has lagged the world on electric vehicle policy. Russia is the only other developed nation without a decent fuel efficiency standard. We have been at the back of the global queue for new vehicles. But with the right policy settings we can get this right and accelerate progress.”