Making government fleet vehicles electric and ending the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030 are two ideas that have been floated by an advisory panel to Infrastructure Victoria.
One of the group’s key recommendations was the appointment of a person who would advocate to local governments to change their vehicle fleets to electric vehicles.
Infrastructure Victoria hosted the month-long virtual workshop for participants, with a view to mapping out how to bring down vehicle emissions in the state. The exercise was described by the independent advisory body as “the state’s largest ever deliberative engagement program”. For an idea to achieve recommendation status, it had to be endorsed by at least 70% of 211 panellists.
“The implementation of these recommendations will enable Victoria to reach its own target of net zero emissions by 2050, which it won’t do without taking action now.”
“Creating incentives for Australians to buy electric vehicles and setting targets for the phase out of internal combustion engine vehicles will show global manufacturers that we are open for business,” Mr Jafari said.
Jafari, who leads the national group representing the electric vehicle industry, added that the panel’s 21 recommendations proved Victorians wanted to make the transition to electric vehicles.
Other recommendations included the introduction of financial incentives for people who want to transition to low or zero emission vehicles; and requirements for new development sites to install electric vehicle charging stations. The panel also called for government to deliver a broad community awareness and education campaign about electric vehicles.
The Victorian government has released two reports about its plan to transition the state to a net zero emissions economy, which make clear that zero emission vehicles form a key part of the government’s strategy of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Researcher and former federal Treasury analyst Victoria Draudins, who recently reviewed the various state government agendas on electric vehicles for The Mandarin, noted that Victoria was planning to invest in 32 extra fast charging stations statewide and in a commercial electric vehicle manufacturing site in the LaTrobe Valley (due to start operations in 2021).
By 2051, more than 30 million transport trips are expected to occur in Victoria with 90% of them made by private vehicles.