Infrastructure Victoria, has released a draft of their updated 30-year Infrastructure Strategy for the state. Included in the draft are many recommendations, none more interesting than the first on page 40, that relates to Electric Vehicles.
Draft Recommendation 01
Within the next five years, require all new public transport buses and coaches, and government vehicle fleets, to transition to appropriate zero emissions vehicles where available. Incentivise zero emissions freight vehicles, and develop design standards and payment principles for charging infrastructure. Consider other policy levers to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles during the next 30 years.
The transport sector is responsible for Victoria’s second highest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and those emissions are growing. With electric vehicles offering a clear solution to the problem, it’s perhaps the easiest segment of emissions to address.
Reaching net zero emissions by 2050 will require widespread adoption of zero emissions vehicles, including managing their potential demands on the energy system (see draft recommendation 7).
If all vehicles were zero emissions, this would remove around 27 million tonnes of potential greenhouse gas emissions in 2046,47 and substantially contribute towards Victoria’s net zero emissions target by 2050.
It could also deliver health benefits worth between $270 and $735 million each year, especially for people living in dense urban areas and along major road corridors.
The report highlights that Australia trails behind global leaders in adopting zero emissions vehicles and that the Australian Government has the ability to change that.
The Australian Government holds many policy levers to accelerate zero emissions vehicle purchases, including importation rules and vehicle emissions standards. The Victorian Government should advocate for
the Australian Government to use these options to encourage zero emissions vehicle adoption.
The United Kingdom has recently announced a plan to end the sale
of new non-electric cars and hybrid vehicles in 2035. In the absence of Australian Government action, the Vic