FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber has welcomed the release of the Northern Territory’s electric vehicle (EV) Strategy. “Our initial view is that the Northern Territory’s package is a very simple and pragmatic way to promote the expansion of EV’s across the territory. We commend the Government for this and look forward to working with them to expand plans to enhance the uptake of low emission vehicles into the future.”

FCAI is pleased that many elements of the strategy, including a reduction in stamp duty, align with long held views of automotive manufacturers. “For some time the industry has been highlighting just how inefficient stamp duty and other taxes are. We are pleased to see this as a potential first step in the Northern Territory adopting a broad-based road user charge (RUC) scheme which could eliminate a myriad of inefficient taxes.

Mr Weber added that the inclusion of an expansion in EV infrastructure within the proposed strategy was going to be critical in increasing the uptake of EV’s into the future. “To see the Northern Territory Government including grants for EV infrastructure development as part of this strategy demonstrates a mature and long term approach to increasing the number of electric vehicles on Australia’s roads.”

We look forward to more jurisdictions developing nationally consistent EV strategies across Australia to the benefit of Australian motorists.”