Huge support for EV incentives, finds poll

The overwhelming majority of Australians support a Federal and State government policy framework to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles around the country, a new poll released by The Australia Institute (TAI) has found.

The poll found that 79% of Australians support the idea of a Government built network of charging stations across the country for electric vehicles.

“Our research makes it clear that Australians are keen for the Government to encourage electric vehicle uptake through a range of policy measures,” said Richie Merzian, Climate & Energy Program Director at The Australia Institute.

“Australia has a high-polluting transport sector, transport emissions have increased 59% since 1990 and continue to climb. There are numerous, popular policies available to the Government to help drive this around, including changing their fleet to electric vehicles.

“Removing barriers to electric vehicle ownership, such as the Luxury Car Tax and providing concessional loans can drive serious growth in electric vehicle uptake.

The release of the poll comes less than a week after the Senate handed down a report detailing 17 key recommendations on the uptake of EV’s, which urged the Commonwealth to develop a broad, national strategy the promote the uptake of electric vehicles.

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