The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has today welcomed the NSW Treasurer the Hon. Matt Kean’s announcement for a further $38 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The announcement of funding which will be included as part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget is good news for motorists and manufacturers alike, according to FCAI Chief Executive, Tony Weber.
“Investment in electric vehicle infrastructure is a key priority as Australia journeys towards our electric future. Building 500 kerbside charge points and equipping 125 apartment buildings to take on EV charging upgrades is going to help make owning a battery electric or plug in hybrid vehicle more realistic for NSW motorists,” Mr Weber said.
Importantly, announcements such as this recognise that the focus of policy should be on emission reduction from Australia’s automotive fleet, and not sales targets for particular technologies.
“Continuing infrastructure investment in electric vehicle charging prepares Australia’s automotive fleet for a fully electrified future. Our journey towards that is going to encompass a range of vehicle technologies including hybrid, plug in hybrid, fuel cell and efficient internal combustion engines,” Mr Weber said.
This support builds on previous EV funding announcements in NSW, including $149 million for the rollout of ultra-fast charging stations through private industry along with $20 million for charges at regional businesses and tourist locations.
“We look forward to continuing to work with NSW and all Australian governments in supporting the rollout of more zero and low emission vehicles onto Australia’s roads,” Mr Weber added.