Parliamentary inquiry announced for electric vehicle transition

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Australia’s accelerating uptake of electric vehicles has prompted a parliamentary inquiry to study the impacts of the transition on the country.


A new parliamentary committee is being formed to explore Australia’s adoption of electric cars.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water announced it has launched an inquiry into the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), which it says will “consider the necessary resources, systems and infrastructure for this transition and impacts moving away from traditional vehicles”.

The announcement comes following the release of new-car sales data showing electric cars made up 7.2 per cent of all new vehicles sold in Australia in 2023 – up from 3 per cent in 2022.

“The committee will also explore opportunities such as fuel savings and affordability for residents in outer regions to make this shift beneficial for everyone,” Tony Zappia MP said in a written statement.

“Our focus will also be on the future of EV battery manufacturing, and we will consider challenges on electricity consumption and demand and our limited EV supply compared to other countries.”

The inquiry will also look into the transition away from petrol and diesel-engined vehicles, the loss of revenue from the fuel excise, local auto industry parts suppliers, and environmental effects.

Fuel savings for motorists, combining technologies, and electricity consumption and demand will also be a focus.

The committee says it will also explore opportunities for battery manufacturing, recycling, disposal, and safety, as well as support within the automotive industry during the transition.

Submissions from the public and industry are being sought, providing recommendations relating to the terms of reference before 22 March 2024.

To learn more or to lodge a submission, you can visit the inquiry’s website by clicking here.

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