Transitioning from petrol to EV
The Greens are driving the transition from petroleum to electric vehicles, by providing incentives for Australian consumers, businesses and government to take up clean electric vehicle technologies. As a core element of our plan for a clean transport mix, EVs powered by renewables and battery storage will form a key part of our pollution-free future.
The Greens recognise that, like any new technology, the starting price for an electric vehicle is still above that for a comparative model of a conventional, fossil fuel powered vehicle. The good news is that operating costs for electric vehicles are a lot lower than for a conventional vehicle, both in fuel and maintenance.
The Greens propose a suite of policies that will make it cheaper for Australians to own their first electric vehicle, make it easier to recharge at locations across the country and help plant the seeds of an electric vehicle future for our struggling automotive industry.
EV and our global warming challenge
Australia’s transport sector accounts for 17.4% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. To be serious about tackling climate change, we need to move our vehicle fleet off fossil fuels and plug them into the electricity grid powered by renewable energy under our RenewAustralia package.
Our transport and electricity systems are merging, where the solar panels on our rooves and the batteries in our cars are all part of the one system. Linking these technologies means that motorists will have access to free and clean fuel taking pressure off their budgets and the planet at the same time. Even using renewable energy through the electricity grid will improve its overall efficiency making good use of energy reserves to power up and clean up our transport system. By beginning this transition now, in combination with investment in public transport and active transport infrastructure, we can build a clean, green transport future for Australia.