Petrol cars could be BANNED by 2030 under controversial proposal to increase electric vehicle use – but critics slam the plan as ‘out of touch’ and unaffordable for millions
- New petrol and diesel cars could be banned by 2030 under Victorian proposal
- Infrastructure Victoria came up with the idea during a community consultation
- Supporters say it will help put green cars on the road and reduce emissions
- Critics have slammed the recommendation as ‘out of touch’ as EVs start at $50K
New petrol and diesel cars could be banned by 2030 under a state government plan for zero transport emissions.
Infrastructure Victoria’s plan risks hurting lower-income earners, with fully-electric car prices starting at $50,000 for a Nissan Leaf.
The state government’s proposal to emulate European Union environmental rules is designed to make electric vehicles cheaper.
But critics say it is ‘out of touch’ and disastrous for the millions of Australians who cannot afford the pricey vehicles in 2021.
New petrol and diesel cars could be banned by 2030 under a state government plan for zero transport emissions. Pictured is a Honda Prelude being refuelled with unleaded in Melbourne
Emilie Dye (pictured) said the proposal to ban new diesel and petrol cars was a ‘terrible idea’ that would negatively impact vulnerable Australians
Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance director of policy Emilie Dye slammed the Victoria government proposal based on a new 30-year transport strategy, slamming it as a ‘terrible idea’ that would hurt the poor.
‘In general, the people that can’t afford to live close to public transit, the people that can’t afford to live close to work are the people that are driving the most,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The starting value for electric vehicles is over $47,000 – a lot of Australians can’t afford to cough up 50 grand on a car.’
Electric vehicle advocates said targets were ‘essential’, adding that aiming to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 would drive down prices for green vehicles.
Chris Jones, the secretary of the the Australian Electric Vehicle Association said a vehicle emissions target was needed to ‘drive innovation and competition.’
‘If you aim for nothing you’ll always hit it,’ he said.
Infrastructure Victoria’s plan risks hurting lower-income earners with fully-electric car prices starting at $50,000 for a Nissan Leaf
Green cars in Australia
Porsche Taycan priced from $190,000: 161 sales
Nissan Leaf priced from $49,990: 41 sales
PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE
MG HS priced from $46,990
Mitsubishi Outlander priced from $51,990
Toyota RAV4 priced from $36,070
Toyota Prius priced from $38,365: five sales
‘A target signals to EV manufacturing companies that Australia is a willing and receptive market, and this will drive competition and diversity, which always pushes prices down.’
In March, just 411 fully electric cars were sold – or just 0.4 per cent among the 100,000 cars that left showrooms, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed.
Petrol-electric hybrids had a 6.5 per cent market share with 6,548 sold.
Twice as many fully electric cars were sold in March 2021 compared with March 2020.
Porsche sold 161 new Taycans last month, four times the tally for Nissan’s 41 Leafs.
But priced from $190,000 and $50,000 respectively, such elite models are out of reach of most Australians.
Both Ms Dye and Mr Jones agreed Australians would eventually start buying green cars.
‘Most manufacturers of cars see the writing on the wall, and will stop making petrol and diesel cars well before 2030,’ said Mr Jones.
‘This means Australians will be buying them regardless … [and] by 2030, EVs will be cheaper than petrol and diesel cars.’
Ms Dye said without government regulation, drivers would switch to electric vehicles to avoid paying petrol.
Electric vehicle advocates said targets were ‘essential’, adding that aiming to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 would drive down prices for green vehicles. Pictured is a Tesla Model 3
‘As [the vehicles] become more efficient the prices will go down more and more people will see electric vehicles as accessible.’
Infrastructure Australia has also proposed more charging stations and getting governments to buy up electric car fleets to create a second-hand market with lower prices.
Infrastructure Victoria deputy chief executive Jonathan Spear said if all cars had zeo emissions, 27million tonnes of potential greenhouse gas emissions would be removed by 2046.
‘Victoria’s emissions have been decreasing in every other sector except for transport, where cars are responsible for more than half of the state’s transport emissions,’ he said.