Getting ready for electric cars
PM Scott Morrison is back in the country and ready to mingle… On the cards today: a $178 million funding announcement to support a shift to electric vehicles (EVs). At the last election, the Morrison Government opposed Labor’s policy to have EVs make up 50% of new car sales by 2030. These days, the Coalition’s goal is 30% of all new cars – that’s 1.7 million EVs on the road in the next 2 decades. To do that, a lot of work will have to go into supporting the electricity grid to keep ‘em charged up. And there’s a long way to go to convince drivers – currently 1% of new vehicles sold in Australia are electric, although numbers are rising with record sales this year. Labor’s policy this election is to subsidise the cost of EVs – something Team Morrison is not proposing to do.
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