Government reportedly backs away from EV target

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Words: Nile Bijoux
8 Oct 2019

The Government has reportedly ditched a promise to make its fleet emissions-free by 2025; that now only applies to new vehicles entering the fleet.

The information comes from an in-depth Newsroom report, which says that electric vehicles are being adopted into the Governmental fleet at “a snail’s pace.”

“In the third quarter of the 2018/2019 financial year, there were 71 electric vehicles. The next quarter, that number rose to 73 and has now reached 78.” Contrast that to an extra 514 non-electric vehicles in the most recent quarter alone.

It’s not just the Coalition failing to meet electrification goals either. The previous National government wanted to make one-third of its fleet hybrid or fully electric by 2021, which would have been equally hard to achieve, says Newshub.

Critics agree that while the 2025 target has always been a tall order, it would have been possible if the Government made a proper commitment earlier. Jeff Vickers, technical director of Thinkstep Australasia, told Newsroom that switching an entire fleet to electric in seven or eight years would have been “feasible but expensive.”

“If they really wanted to achieve the original policy, which was set maybe seven or eight years [before 2025], they would need to have been purchasing all electric at the time that they announced it," he added.

Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner, Amanda Larsson, also spoke to Newsroom, saying the move is “surprising and incredibly disappointing.”

"This is a climate emergency and the Government should be leading by example to cut our dependence on the dirty fuels driving this crisis."

"It’s highly concerning that climate goals are being watered down at the same time as public pressure to take bold climate action is only mounting."

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