New website will raise awareness of electric vehicles

Released 26/11/2015

Canberrans can now easily compare the running costs of electric vehicles (EVs) with conventional vehicles and search the locations of charging points across Canberra via a new website, Planning Minister Mick Gentleman announced today.

“I would like to commend the Electric Vehicle Council for their work in promoting electric vehicles as a viable transport alternative in the Canberra region”, Mr Gentleman said.

“The importance of electric vehicles to Canberra’s future is clear when one considers that the transport sector currently contributes 25 per cent of the Territory’s total greenhouse gas emissions with that figure projected to rise to 54 per cent by in 2020.

“The ACT Government recognises that electric vehicle technology holds great promise for Canberra and we have already witnessed a number of models starting to arrive on our roads. “The Government has recently been approached by ActewAGL about support for the rollout of electric vehicle charging points across the ACT and encouraging the installation of charging points at the NSW South Coast and along major transport routes such as between Sydney and Canberra.

“The government will continue to lead by example through government procurement ‘early adopter’ practices that have proved electric vehicles are a viable real world alternative to petrol powered fleet cars.

“The government is also to encourage the take up of electric and low emission vehicles through Australia’s only differential duty scheme for new vehicles which offers an incentive for the purchase of low emission vehicles as compared to vehicles with poor environmental performance.

“We want to limit the amount of emissions from transport between now and 2020 by encouraging more sustainable forms of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport, and low emission vehicles”, Mr Gentleman said.

See the Electric Vehicle Council website here:

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