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EXPERTS AVAILABLE: UK ban shows Aus at back of pack on EV policy

EXPERTS AVAILABLE: UK ban shows Aus at back of pack on EV policy

The British government today says it plans to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2035, five years earlier than its previous target, as part of increased efforts to tackle climate change.

Local experts say this is yet another demonstration that Australia is at the back of the pack when it comes to credible policy on transport, despite the increasing benefits and technology now available. They add that the UK’s policy is also an example of bipartisan support for climate action, something sorely lacking in Australia. 

In the 2019 financial year, transport emissions were the equal second largest source of emissions in Australia behind electricity.

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Behyad Jafari - Electric Vehicle Council - can outline how credible policy will accelerate the EV sector’s growth in Australia, how it will benefit all Australians, and how Australia’s progress on EVs stacks up against international practices. Location: Sydney.

From the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, the following experts can talk about the benefits to hip pockets of Australian car owners, how policy support for EVs would affect car prices in the mid-to-long term, and how the UK’s position on EVs is an important example of how conservative governments are recognising the need to act on climate change:

Bryce Gatton - Electric vehicle expert and academic. Location: Melbourne

Clive Attwater - Acting president. Location: Tasmania.