South Australian Environment Minister David Speirs has challenged the federal government to fast-track Australia’s electric vehicle (EV) transition by matching the state’s subsidy scheme aimed at increasing uptake, The Guardian reported.
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Speirs said high fuel prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine meant there had “never been a better time” to transition to EVs.
“I would certainly like to see the federal government make a contribution towards EVs and partner with the state to fast-track that transition. I’m quite comfortable putting the challenge out there to my friends in the federal government,” Speirs said.
“I’d love to work with the feds on a subsidy for electric vehicles which matches our own state-based work. At a time when fuel prices are surging, this could be an ideal time to trigger a step change in EV uptake.”
South Australia offers a $3,000 subsidy on the sale of new electric vehicles—a move Queensland’s Labor government has followed, announcing its own $3,000 subsidy and $10m EV charging station investment this week.
The most generous support has been offered by the New South Wales Liberal government, where drivers can apply to have stamp duty reimbursed on purchases of new and used electric cars that cost up to $78,000, saving them up to $3,000. They can also claim $3,000 in rebates if they are buying one of the first 25,000 EVs cheaper than $68,750 sold in the state.
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The Coalition has said it would continue its existing programs but has not made any additional promises going into the election, while the opposition has said it would maintain the existing incentives but repeal road user charges.