Despite the significant economic, environmental, and health benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), WA lags behind the rest of Australia in EV uptake. Currently, WA scores zero out of ten adopting policy incentives to increase the uptake of EVs (Fig x) and have just 13 publicly accessible DC charging sites.
With prices continuing to fall, electric vehicles are expected to reach up-front price parity with petrol cars by 2027, and Infrastructure Australia predicts that by 2040 70% of new car sales and 30% of vehicles in Australia will be EVs. This can and should be accelerated. Modelling shows 75% of global new car sales must EVs by 2030 to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.
Infrastructure Australia has ranked the creation of a National Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Network in its top 10 High-Priority Infrastructure Initiatives, noting the poor geographic spread of our existing fast-charging infrastructure and the vast distances where EV’s are currently unsupported.
A rollout of charging stations at WA workplaces will provide a massive apprenticeship and employment stimulus for WA’s 20,000 electricians and will also stabilise the grid by increasing demand during the daytime off-peak period.
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- Deliver a state-wide rollout of a DC Electric Vehicle fast-charging network by 2025
- Provide grants for the installation of charging stations at one in ten workplaces around the state by 2030. (This would cover about 25,000 WA workplaces)
- Phase in an all-electric state vehicle fleet.
- Introduce incentives for EV uptake including removing stamp duty and registration fees and providing fleet incentives (given fleet vehicles account for half of all new car purchases in Australia).