A Shorten Labor Government will future-proof Australia’s road networks so they can support the uptake of electric vehicles – creating a $200 million fund to rollout charging infrastructure across the country.
Cleaner cars and transport aren’t just good for the environment – they are cheaper to run. But Australia lags behind our competitor countries, whether it’s in electric vehicle take-up, or vehicle fuel efficiency. We have ten times lower electric vehicle take-up than the global average, and we’re at risk of being left behind.
That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will provide overdue leadership and policy to catch Australia up and save motorists at the bowser – with a national electric vehicle target of 50 per cent new car sales by 2030.
To support this target, Labor will invest $100 million in the rollout of charging stations as across the country.
This will be in the form of a grant program to match industry as well as state and local government proposals – building up to $200 million fund in total – to deliver around 200 fast charging stations.
Labor’s $200 million fund will target rural and regional Australia and Australia’s most critical road corridors to encourage the take up of electric vehicles.
Locations for regional fast chargers will be carefully chosen to complement - not duplicate- current and proposed charger locations, and target key regional routes and destinations where providing charging points may not be merited solely on commercial grounds.
This would not only give regional communities and businesses, including freight operators, greater access to affordable charging facilitates, it would also be good for regional tourism.
A properly constructed national charging network would unlock millions of tonnes of carbon emission reductions. Long-distance highway travel accounts for 15 per cent of vehicle kilometres travelled in Australia, or about 2.8 billion litres of fuel consumption and 6.5 million tonnes of C02 emissions annually, or 65 million tonnes over the decade to 2030.
This announcement builds on Labor’s electric vehicle policy – a comprehensive plan to work with Australia’s transport sector to cut vehicle emissions, boost adoption of electric vehicles and help Australians save on their petrol bills.
Labor’s strategy will include:
Labor also has an electric vehicle innovation and manufacturing strategy and will work with industry to create new job opportunities with the transition.
As part of our focus on cleaner and cheaper transportation, Labor will also work with industry to introduce vehicle emissions standards, to save Australian motorists hundreds of dollars each year at the bowser while driving down pollution on our roads.
After six years of chaos, uncertainty and rising pollution under the Liberals, Australians need stability and certainty on climate change policy – that’s what our plan delivers.
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver cleaner transport, build the road infrastructure needed for the future and help motorists save on soaring petrol bills.