Northern Territory releases EV strategy and plan

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Following community support for the electric vehicle (EV) discussion paper in 2019, the Northern Territory (NT) Government has developed an electric vehicle strategy and implementation plan to address climate risk and create new economic and business opportunities.

“With renewable energy and electric vehicles, households can reduce vehicle running costs, delivering benefits for Territorians and Territory businesses,” the Northern Territory Government said in a statement.

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Focusing on battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, the strategy and implementation plan will support the uptake of EVs in the Northern Territory. The strategy also focuses on passenger and light commercial vehicles, as these are most likely to be the areas with the greatest growth in the near future. The EV strategy includes a range of actions for implementation over the next five years.

“The Territory Labor government is continuing to address renewables and climate change, while creating new business and economic opportunities for Territorians,” minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Renewables and Energy Eva Lawler said. 

Key actions include:

  • reduced registration and stamp duty fees for EVs from-mid 2022
  • developing a grant program for home, workplace and public EV chargers (further announcements will be made when the grants are open for applications)
  • facilitating the installation of more EV charging stations
  • supporting local innovation in EV technology
  • skills development for EV servicing and EV charging infrastructure installation
  • promoting information on EV charging locations
  • increasing the number of EVs in the NT Government fleet.

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The Northern Territory Government is working with other jurisdictions and the Australian Government to coordinate Australia’s transition to low and zero emission vehicles, with the release of the EV strategy and implementation plan setting out a clear direction for the NT.

Investing in electric vehicles and providing the necessary infrastructure is in line with the NT Government’s roadmap to Renewables, the Climate Change Response and Action Plan and the Digital Territory Strategy.

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