The ACT Government’s Sustainable Household Scheme will be expanded to support Canberrans to purchase second hand electric vehicles and home EV charging infrastructure.
This expansion to the $150 million scheme will make interest free loans of up to $15,000 available to households to purchase solar panels, batteries, efficient electric appliances, and zero emission vehicles.
Adding home EV charging infrastructure and second-hand EVs to the Scheme will encourage more Canberrans to consider purchasing a zero emissions vehicle – including second-hand zero emission vehicles.
New owners of second-hand electric vehicles in the ACT will also save on their registration costs, with the introduction of a zero cost for the vehicle registration component for second-hand EVs purchased in the Territory, for two years. This builds on the existing commitment to provide two years of free registration to purchases of new EVs.
There will be a phased rollout of items able to be purchased via a loan from the Sustainable Household Scheme, once the eligibility criteria for items are settled and providers registered.
As stated by ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Climate Action Andrew Barr:
“We believe that more Canberrans should benefit from the Territory’s transition to a zero net emission future.
“The Sustainable Household Scheme is designed to help more Canberrans access the financial and environmental benefits that come from rooftop solar panels, household battery storage, more efficient appliances and electric vehicles.
“The ACT Government will continue to do the heavy lifting in taking action on climate change by reducing emissions from our public transport fleet and investing in the Big Canberra Battery.”
As stated by Emissions Reduction Minister Shane Rattenbury:
“These new additions focus on helping Canberrans to try new, sustainable transport options- and they assist in making them more affordable.
“Including second-hand electric vehicles helps ensure it’s not just people who can afford a brand new car who benefit from government incentives. It’s an important equity issue, and it helps bring the cheaper running costs of EVs to more people, as well as improving air quality for everyone.
“The infrastructure you need to charge an EV at home can put people off getting their own EV, so we’re pleased to be making these upgrades eligible for interest-free loans, too.
“The ACT is striving towards net zero emissions by 2045, and the working with the community on clean, sustainable transport is a key part of that.”