ACT’s electric vehicle strategy to overhaul registration fees for Canberra car owners

Some Canberrans could face higher car registration fees as pressure from the ACT Government for a transition to electric vehicles accelerates us.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr today released the Government’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Strategy 2022-2030, which includes a ‘long-term’ car registration overhaul, making fees based on emissions.

“We are moving from a weight-based registration system where you pay more the heavier your vehicle is, to an emissions-based registration system where you will pay less if you have a zero-emission vehicle,” said Mr Barr.

Mr Barr said the government recognizes that the current registration system penalizes heavier electric vehicles despite their low emissions.

“It will be reformed in an effort to incentivize reducing emissions,” he said.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said new car buyers in 2035 will look back on internal combustion engine vehicles and laugh. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

The ACT Government has already announced a number of incentives to encourage Canberrans to buy electric vehicles, including interest-free loans, free registration for new or used electric vehicles and exemption from stamp duty for new electric cars.

Today, Mr Barr announced that the stamp duty exemption would also extend to used electric vehicles from August 1.

“We’re looking to grow the used market because that’s going to be an important part of that transition over the next decade,” Barr said.

Mr Barr said demographics were an important contributor to the pioneering electric vehicle strategy.

Expand Capital Carrying Capacity

An EV smart charger on the side of a house.
The ACT government has said it will legislate for all new construction in the capital to be “electric vehicle ready” by 2023.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

The Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy also details the government’s plan to expand the charging station network across the country, ensuring there are at least 180 charging stations available by 2025.

The government aims to deliver 70 such stations this fiscal year.

By next year, the government says it will be mandatory for all new multi-unit residential and commercial buildings to include electric vehicle charging stations and that all other new construction should be “ready for electric vehicles”.

A $2,000 incentive will also be available for the installation of EV chargers in multi-unit buildings.

Additionally, the government said it will continue to advocate for more electric vehicle chargers to be available on common interstate and long-distance routes.

Journey to electric vehicle accessibility

Under the government’s plan, the sale of new petrol cars would be banned from 2035 – a date a number of major carmakers are also working on – but the sale of used petrol cars or the driving of a fossil-fuel car on ACT roads would remain legal.

Still, leading vehicle bodies have expressed concern that electric vehicles may not be affordable for many consumers 13 years from now.

General shot of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station.
Buyers of used electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles purchased on or after August 1, 2022 will be able to waive stamp duty.(ABC News: Liz Pickering)

ACT Emissions Reduction Minister Shane Rattenbury said the government’s intention was to make zero-emission vehicles more accessible in the coming years.

“This strategy defines our territory, so that we can support investment and technological innovation when it becomes available, making it easier and more accessible for people to transition to ZEVs when it suits them,” he said. declared.

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