ALC welcomes government electric vehicle strategy

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The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has backed the New South Wales Government’s $490 million four-year plan to incentivise the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs).

The package includes cash rebates of $3000 for 25,000 new EV buyers and stamp duty exemptions on vehicles under $78,000.

$171 million will be spent to develop charging infrastructure along major commuter corridors, highways and near commuter car parks.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says the added charging stations will help the uptake of electric vehicles in supply chains.

Rachel Smith, Interim Chief Executive Officer, says rigid trucks and long haul trucks need dedicated public charging structures because of their larger batteries.

“Charging stations will need to set up along major transport routes and regional centres to leverage existing network capacity and support greater range,” Rachel says.

The strategy will be included in the upcoming NSW state budget.

It postpones the imposition of an EV “road user charge” until either 2027 or when new EVs make up 30 per cent of new vehicle purchases.

Victoria and South Australia are already imposing a road user charge on EVs.

The ALC says regulatory framework should reflect Australia’s single national economy.

“So much of the regulatory framework that impacts on businesses is designed and enforced at a State or local level that complicates the process of transporting freight,” the ALC said in a statement.

The industry association is calling on the National Cabinet to establish a pathway for road user charges on all vehicles, not just EVs.

“As excise revenues become increasingly unpredictable, a new mechanism must be found that can be applied to all classes of vehicle to ensure that the funds are available to ensure the continued investment in, and maintenance of, Australian roads,” Rachel says.

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