Labor today encouraged the State Government to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicles and charging stations to help drive Tasmania’s COVID-19 recovery.
Labor has long been a vocal proponent of using electric vehicle technology to leverage Tasmania’s renewable energy advantage and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Alison Standen, said the opportunities from Tasmania becoming a national leader in electric vehicles were greater than ever.
“Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package supports the expansion of electric vehicle charging stations around the state,” Ms Standen said.
“We encourage the State Government to partner with tourism operators to incentivise the installation of charging stations to complement the network that has slowly been growing in recent years.
“Labor is also calling on the Government to work with rental car companies to add electric vehicles to their fleets.
“When visitors are allowed to come back to Tasmania we want them to be able to tour the state fuelled by nothing but our clean, renewable hydroelectricity.
“This would perfectly complement the tourism industry’s goal – contained within the T21 Visitor Action Plan – for Tasmania to become a carbon-neutral destination.”
Shadow Minister for Climate Change