Australia is likely to be left behind in the electric car transition

So far, Australia has not formulated the best clear, and better policy about electric vehicles. The UK plans to ban the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030 instead of 2040 as proposed there before. According to Boris Johnson, the UK government is well prepared to usher in the green industrial revolution. £12 billion was promised by the Conservatives to help counter climate change. The funds would be used to build offshore wind farms, install over 600,000 heat pumps replacing the old heaters, and develop new nuclear reactors. 

To ensure that the cost of electric vehicles goes down, Boris promised £2.4 billion, which would be given as grants. The money would also be used to build charging stations worldwide and promote companies that produce EV batteries. The UK prime minister speaking to the Financial Times, said that this is the time for green recovery to make the UK the centre for finance and green technology. In turn, this would help in economic growth, encouraging private investments, which will lead to the creation of over 250,000 jobs. 

In Britain, some critics said that the government did not do all it takes for a green transition. Many praised the government for depicting an essential signal ahead of the international climate conference next year, although Labour opposition termed it as disappointing since it lacked ambition. The analyses show that the country is not on the right path to decarbonization as Boris had early on promised. 

The emissions in Britain fell by 29%, and its economy grew rapidly in the past decade. In Australia, the emissions dropped by 10%, and the economic growth stood at 2%. Australia’s main stark is on transport, notably the switch to EVs. So far, electric vehicles sold in Australia are 0.06%, which is relatively low compared to other countries with 5% and 8%. Norway is the one leading with over 60%. 

Today, only around 20,000 electric vehicles are on Australian roads. Although the state and federal governments are building the charging infrastructure, there are very few incentives to attract car purchasers. In countries like the US has provided over $7500 tax rebate on electric vehicle purchases. 

According to Dr. Jake Whitehead from the University of Queensland, said that Australia has an insufficient policy regarding EVs, and urgent steps need to be taken as soon as possible. In 2015, the Australian government promised to reduce emissions by 100 million tonnes in the period between 2020-2030. Contrarily, in 2019 February, the government promised to decrease emissions by up to 10 million tonnes by 2030. One year later, nothing has been achieved. 

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