Greens pledge to subsidise electric vehicles through $50 million fund

Dominic Giannini 29 March 2021 77
Two electric vehicles charging.

The ACT Greens will introduce a $50 million electric vehicle fund if re-elected in October’s ACT election. Photo: File.

A $50 million fund will aim to incentivise Canberrans to purchase new electric vehicles, including up to $10,000 subsidies and travel incentives, as the ACT Greens push for more ambitious clean energy targets ahead of the ACT election in October.

A new 90-per-cent target of new car sales to be zero-emission by 2030 would be introduced, while public transport, garbage trucks, taxis and ride-share vehicles will transition to zero-emission by 2035, said the Greens.

Currently, the cheapest electric cars in Australia are just under $50,000.

More electric vehicle charging stations will also be introduced across the ACT and a push will be made to bring the electric car industry into the Territory.

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“This is a bold plan that will make the ACT the electric vehicle capital [of Australia] within a decade,” said Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, and ACT Greens leader, Shane Rattenbury.

“It is what we need to address climate change, but also to give ACT residents and businesses the advantages of electric vehicles that other countries are already enjoying. They create no greenhouse gas emissions, no tailpipe pollution, and are also good for consumers, being significantly cheaper to run and maintain.

“It will make the ACT the national leader – and a world leader – in clean, green transport. It will even bring employment and educational opportunities as we establish the leading electric vehicle industry in Australia.”

ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury.

ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury will establish a $50 million electric vehicle fund if re-elected. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Transport Canberra is already planning to transition to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. Additionally, all ACT Government vehicles will be electric by 2021.

Currently, 63 per cent of the ACT’s emissions come from vehicles. Mr Rattenbury says a lack of government support has left Australians on the back foot when it comes to electric vehicles, as the ACT looks for ways to achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2045.

“Our policy will turn this around, making electric vehicles more available, affordable and convenient,” he said. “In a decade, driving an electric vehicle will be the norm in Canberra, even for commercial businesses.”

The ACT Government announced it would be trialling how electric vehicles can improve energy resilience during peak demand times by providing power from their batteries back into the grid in July.

The $6.6 million trial will see the ACT Government purchase 50 new Nissan LEAF bi-directional vehicles, and it will run until the end of 2022.

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77 Responses to Greens pledge to subsidise electric vehicles through $50 million fund
Leon Arundell Leon Arundell 9:04 am 30 Oct 20

A $10,000 electric vehicle subsidy will cost of about $200 per tonne of emissions reduction.
I suspect this is poor value. There’s a useful discussion at
Here’s how I made my estimate:
A typical 2020 model car causes 200 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometre, and travels 13,400 km per year. Over a 20 year lifetime it will cause 54 tonnes of emissions.
$10,000 divided by 54 tonnes equals $185/tonne.

Alexandra Hughes Alexandra Hughes 4:48 am 09 Sep 20

Work from home, cars off the road. Problem solved.

Charlie Sgroi Charlie Sgroi 8:57 pm 08 Sep 20

Vote green is a vote for the labour

Money wasters.

Thank God liberals federal is in during covid.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 12:10 am 09 Sep 20

    Charlie Sgroi , What knowledge do you have, that the rest of us don't, that Labor would do worse, if not even better?

    Charlie Sgroi Charlie Sgroi 7:27 am 09 Sep 20

    Labour only gives money to bludgers.

    Not hard working people.

    Comes from self knowledge.

    And seeing what they have done in the past..pretty evident.

Malcolm Campbell Malcolm Campbell 7:54 pm 08 Sep 20


Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 7:19 pm 08 Sep 20

Who really would vote for the greens?

    Robert Lang Robert Lang 5:40 pm 10 Sep 20

    Margaret Freemantle well, those of us that care for equality, the environment, liveable cities and other boring stuff, I guess.

Claire Jaclyn Claire Jaclyn 5:29 pm 08 Sep 20

So how are they doing with the lithium mines and associated destruction that electric cars require to run...and need ongoing replacement for? The technology is no cleaner, its pot calling kettle at a much higher pricetag

Peter McDonald Peter McDonald 2:22 pm 08 Sep 20

Only a small number of people can afford an EV, no wonder the greens never get voted in.

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 9:01 pm 08 Sep 20

    Three of the four electric cars I have owned cost $25,000 or less.

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 6:37 pm 10 Sep 20

    Peter McDonald I am very glad I did the conversion back in 2009 at a time when there was no affordable electric car option, whether for local range or long range. I happily used it for local driving till early 2018 when I sold it still running well.

    However, now I would not recommend doing a conversion if it would only be a means to an end to getting an inexpensive electric car. Now, for the cost of the parts you would need, you could get a better car by buying a used commercial EV. I would particularly recommend a used Holden Volt if you can find one. Otherwise a used Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi iMiEV. If you want to discuss options, pros and cons in more detail, feel free to send me a message to arrange a phone call.

Thomas McCready Thomas McCready 2:05 pm 08 Sep 20

Funny the ACT Goverment still doesn't allow any electric vehicles to be able to be used for a One-off Goverment driving test. As the conditions don't allow cars with electric handbrakes, which all/most electric vehicles have.

Meaning any families/person with one would need to seek out another car to use for a test.

Goverment push for electric vehicles but not if you want to do a test in that, car isn't good enough apparently.

Ray Whiteman Ray Whiteman 12:21 pm 08 Sep 20

Once the batteries fail they are useless to recycle

Susan Nicholls Susan Nicholls 9:13 am 08 Sep 20

I want one. NOW.

David Brown David Brown 8:00 am 08 Sep 20

Another reason not to vote Green.

Jacob Mulholland Jacob Mulholland 1:23 am 08 Sep 20

Subsidise e-bikes and take more cars off the road and reduce congestion. Done.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 12:37 pm 08 Sep 20

    I like that idea, especially as an older person.

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 12:53 pm 08 Sep 20

    The Greens have a separate policy for just that.

    Denby Angus Denby Angus 2:04 pm 08 Sep 20

    The policy includes a 50% discount on e-bikes.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:58 pm 07 Sep 20

“Various government policies helped create markets for solar power….”.

That’s code for taxpayer funded subsidies.

Tom Adam Tom Adam 9:53 pm 07 Sep 20

Money for people who can afford electric cars but not for small businesses who keep the economy going?

Shows the priorities.

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 12:59 pm 08 Sep 20

    It will help those businesses that are importing used recent model EVs.

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 1:49 pm 08 Sep 20

    EVs have lower running costs. So, the money I used to spend on petrol that mostly went to dodgy regimes half way around the world can now stay here to be spent on local goods and services. The lesser amount of money I have to spend on recharging buys electricity from Australian generators supplied via a network maintained by local electrical trades.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 6:20 pm 07 Sep 20

“….as we establish the leading electric vehicle industry in Australia.”

So where will Elon have his Canberra factory? – or does “industry” perhaps mean that one or both of the recycling plants on the cards for Fyshwick might one day be able to recycle EV batteries, or parts thereof? If it simply means trade – i.e. selling and maybe servicing imported technology, then the policy should say so.

In the absence of hard details about ongoing benefits in the form of economically sustainable jobs, this looks like a green-washed bribe to well-heeled virtue-signallers – which will be funded in part by the rates and taxes of people who could not dream of paying in the region of $50,000 for a vehicle.

    A Nonny Mouse A Nonny Mouse 6:39 pm 10 Sep 20

    One of the most commonly used DC fast chargers is made by Australian company, Tritium.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 6:15 pm 07 Sep 20

In the 1990s the Greens wanted a Volvo Environmental Concept Car in every garage.

The Volvo Polestar is yet to be released in Australia. It will cost over $70K. A Camry Hybrid is much better value.

Corey Karl Corey Karl 6:05 pm 07 Sep 20

I have a Clydesdale someone can borrow !!

MERC600 MERC600 6:01 pm 07 Sep 20

Martyn .. re your ” to sufficiently cool an EV following an engine fire… before… it can be towed away… you will need… a thermal camera and… 18,900L of water…”
Recently on SBS there was a show on battery powered racing vehicles. They were being packed up from wherever to be flown to somewhere for the next race meeting.
What was interesting was the time and effort put into making the batteries safe, well hopefully safe.
Even after they were ‘flattened somehow, they were treated like plutonium, and then the airline had detectors around them just in case they erupted into flames. Even the bloke on the forklift loading them onto the plane had the heeby jeebies.
It was the first time I’d seen how these batteries need to be handled.
A pile up on the Parkway with charged batteries would be most interesting.

    nickwest nickwest 4:48 pm 10 Sep 20

    A tank full of petrol is pretty damn flammable too.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 7:25 am 11 Sep 20

    A petrol tank will only ignited from another source.

    EV batteries are prone to self-ignite.

    A Nonny Mouse A Nonny Mouse 6:41 pm 10 Sep 20

    There are more ICE car fires than EV fires relative to their numbers on the road.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 6:12 pm 11 Sep 20

    Details of that please ANM?

Acton Acton 5:54 pm 07 Sep 20

$50 million is about the yearly rates from 16,000 Canberra households.

Jeannou Zoides Jeannou Zoides 4:42 pm 07 Sep 20

The US have started making them and Europe but we are always last in line

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