Labor in New South Wales has proposed new targets and funding to encourage electric vehicle (EV) adoption, calling for 25 per cent of government fleet vehicles to be EV by 2025.
The state opposition has also committed $10 million over three years to electric vehicle infrastructure, called for reformed planning regulations to encourage charging infrastructure in residential apartment blocks, and promised $1 million for a public awareness campaign to communicate the technology's benefits.
UPDATE: The NSW State Government has provided comment on its electric vehicle plans. The statement, provided by a Transport for NSW spokesperson, is below:
Rachel Wiseman, NRMA chief investment officer, backed the party's plan, arguing governments can play a "practical role" in accelerating electric adoption by "incentivising private purchases and lifting the number of electric vehicles in their own fleets".
“Many jurisdictions around the world have introduced clean vehicle policies to support the benefits that come from electrification, and NSW should be no exception,” she said.
It will also allow zero-emissions vehicles to drive in transit lanes until 2023, and will require all multi-unit or mixed-use developments to have EV charge infrastructure.
"Zero emissions vehicles cause less air and noise pollution, have lower running costs, don’t incur stamp duty and receive a 20 per cent discount on registration fees," said Meegan Fitzharris, minister for transport and city services, when the plan was announced in April.
“By 2020 the ACT will be powered by 100% renewable electricity meaning our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – at over 60% – will come from transport."
UPDATE: Comment from a Transport for NSW spokesperson is below:
"Community feedback on the Future Transport highlighted strong community interest in electric vehicles across metropolitan and regional NSW.
"Future Transport 2056 committed to developing an Electric Vehicles Plan, which has been developed with input from a wide range of industry stakeholders and peak bodies from the vehicle, manufacturing and transport sectors.
"The NSW Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan is expected to be released in early 2019 and will include targeted funding to stimulate the market and give confidence to private and fleet buyers of electric vehicles while the market matures."