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Greens call for electric vehicle discount on stamp duty, registrations

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The Greens have called on the New South Wales government to introduce various incentives for electric vehicles, including discounts on stamp duty and registration costs, and access to transit lanes.

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The Greens have called on the New South Wales government to introduce various incentives for electric vehicles, including discounts on stamp duty and registration costs, and access to transit lanes.

Greens transport spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi says stamp duty on sales of EVs should be waived altogether, annual registration costs should be cut by 50 per cent to fast track the adoption of electric vehicles.

“Electric vehicles are the future and offer significant environmental benefits,” Faruqi said in a statement. ” The government should provide incentives to put them more within reach of ordinary people, and really jump-start their widespread adoption in Australia.”

She said the Greens favoured public transport and wanted the number of cars to be reduced, particularly in urban areas, but said electric cars were good options for those who need to drive.

The Greens said Australia is unique in failing to provide any meaningful incentives to hasten the adoption of electric vehicles. North America, Europe, China, India and many other countries and states offer a wide range of financial or convenience incentives.

The Greens say waiving stamp duty will cut costs of zero emissions by between $1,200 and $6,000, and the 50 per cent reduction in registration costs will save $130-$170 per year.

The party also suggests policies to encourage the phase in of electric vehicles as a proportion of government fleets and sport for electric vehicle charging stations – powered by renewable energy – to be installed throughout the state.

Greens energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said he was “blown away” when he drove a Tesla Model 3. “Not only are electric vehicles environmentally friendly, but they offer an amazingly superior driving experience. I know NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts feels the same as I do,” he said.

“Instead of mandating ethanol which has dubious environmental benefits, the government should be promoting electric vehicles as a truly environmental personal transport solution.”

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16 Comments
  1. david H 4 years ago

    London – UK already has a fleet of electric buses, when will we see electric buses in Australian cities?

  2. Rob 4 years ago

    Well done Greens! It’s a no brainer that electric cars will be replacing ICE vehicles at an ever increasing rate. What would really help is the roll-out of public fast-charging stations so that people who can’t charge at home are not stopped from converting to an EV. What we need is an Australian version of Fastned to take on the rollout of public charging stations in Australia.

  3. Rob 4 years ago

    The Greens should make their support of EVs part of their election platform. It would win them a lot of votes.

  4. phred01 4 years ago

    Just to get people in, not practical for the govn’t coffers. Wait & C when revenue from excise & GST dramatically falls. State govn’t will be charging a rego based kms traveled per yr as a claw back

  5. Ian 4 years ago

    How about a 50% subsidy on an electric bike if it can be shown that a car was gotten rid of for an e-bike

  6. Alen T 4 years ago

    Will EVs be the new ‘free riders’, since they consume no oil-based fuel thus pay no fuel excise tax?

    • Peter Campbell 4 years ago

      Why would we pay a excise for a fuel we are not using?
      I’d be happy to see a carbon price added to petrol, diesel and non-renewable electricity generation.

  7. MaxG 4 years ago

    As we know it, the ALP will give their preferences to the LNP… both the Alternative Liar Party and the Liar and Numbnuts Party are effectively unelectable. Why is the younger population not adopting a Green stance and vote for them to? It would be an instant hit/win.

    • Peter Campbell 4 years ago

      My local member, ALP Andrew Leigh, gave an excellent maiden speech when he first entered parliament on the merits of electric vehicles and how they might be integrated with the electricity grid as discretionary loads to complement renewable generation.
      I congratulated him on that and he took up my offer of a test drive of my DIY converted car at a time when commercial EVs were virtually unavailable.
      My first preference will be Greens but I would be happy to have him elected with my second preference and I will be delighted to put LNP last.

  8. JonathanMaddox 4 years ago

    Did Tesla really have a Model 3 in Sydney already, or did Jeremy Buckingham have the privilege of trying out the older but higher-spec’ed Model S ?

  9. Chris Marshalk 4 years ago

    Australian major political parties are a disgrace. When will they ever serve the interest of it’s people and not large corporations. Vote “Greens” and make a difference at the next election.,

  10. Ian Saunders 4 years ago

    The Federal Government should come to the party with reduced FBT for BEV, PHEV and Hybrid vehicles.

  11. Eclectic Eel 4 years ago

    A real winner for either the Greens or Labor would be to get a big car company e.g. Renault-Nissan, Ford, GM, Toyota to make a low cost, no frills electric car in Australia. The govt. would have to chip in.

    I think Telsa’s got too much on its plate already. As many city-based families have two cars, why not go initially for a small car designed for short trips say with a 200 km range. To be economic, I guess they would need to be exported as well in South East Asia. We’ve already got plenty of closed giant sheds where they used to make cars and a workforce on the dole. Have we given up on manufacturing because of labour costs?

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