Parliamentary Friends of Electric Vehicle to boost EV adoption

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Over 30 Federal MPs across Australia have formed the first Parliamentary Friends of Electric Vehicle and Future Transport group.

The group was officially launched by Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen in Canberra, where a variety of new model electric vehicles (EVs) were on exhibit, including the electric VW ID Buzz ( generally known as a Kombi Van), which had not before been seen publicly in Australia.

Michelle Ananda-Rajah (Member for Higgins, Vic.) and Monique Ryan (Member for Kooyong, Vic.) will co-chair the Group.

Dr Ananda-Rajah said the EV adoption in Australia would be a watershed moment in transportation, freeing motorists from the irritation of the nozzle while also providing lower running costs and cleaner air free of particulates and carcinogens emitted by vehicles that use some of the dirtiest fuel in the world.

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“We need to work together to usher in the cleaner, greener economy, and investing in electric vehicles is a central part of that,” Ms Ryan added. “I’m thrilled to launch this group and bring more than 30 MPs into the fold as we look to move Australia into the fast lane on electric vehicles,” Dr Ananda-Rajah stated.

The Electric Vehicle Council welcomed the formation of the Parliamentary Friends of Electric Vehicle group and plans to collaborate with the MPs interested in developing, supporting, and advocating for legislation that makes EVs more cheap and accessible.

“It’s great to see the political momentum building for electric vehicles. Australia has more to gain from transport electrification than any other nation. The millions of vehicles traversing our nation can and should be powered by Australian renewable electricity,” Electric Vehicle Council CEO Behyad Jafari said.

Transurban also backed the launch, as it aims to deliver more sustainable routes for motorists in the country’s three largest cities.

“At Transurban, we pride ourselves on getting people where they need to go safer, faster, more reliably and more sustainably when compared to alternate routes,” Transurban’s Chief Financial Officer Michelle Jablko said. “If we can help drive the uptake of EVs amongst our customers, we know it will have a significant impact in reducing emissions across the broader road network.”

Origin also supported the launch as part of its ongoing efforts to expedite the transition to EVs by offering opportunities and making it simpler for consumers to get behind the wheel of an EV sooner. 

“We’re thrilled to support this launch as part of our ambition to lead the energy transition and help accelerate the uptake of EVs in Australia,” Origin General Manager E-Mobility, Chau Le said. “To make it easier for customers to make the switch to an EV, Origin has developed a full suite of solutions to support EV drivers on every step of their EV journey. This includes providing smarter charging and energy solutions, the recently launched EV salary packaging subscription service and securing ARENA funding to support more business customers to transition to EVs.” 

The Parliamentary Friends of Electric Vehicles Group intends to organise several events during the current legislative session to assist in guaranteeing Australia’s EV momentum continues.