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After The EU, Australian Territory Moves To Ban New ICE Sales In 2035

The Australian Capital Territory government wants to lead Australia’s transition to EVs.

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The government of the Australian Capital Territory plans to spearhead the country’s electric vehicle (EV) transition.

It’s possible that Australia will follow the EU in outlawing sales of gas-guzzlers. The government of Australia’s administrative capital, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), has announced plans to end sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by the year 2035.

The ACT government plans to expand the public charging network and provide grants to apartment complexes to install charging infrastructure, among other initiatives, to ease the transition. This is the first jurisdiction to take action to prohibit sales, drawing attention to a potential problem caused by different rules and regulations being enacted by different states.

The ACT government has set a target of 80-90% of all new car sales in the territory being battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles. The government is also trying to stop taxi and rideshare services from expanding their fleets with more ICE vehicles. Public infrastructure in the area is expected to increase from its current 30 chargers to 70 by 2023, with a further goal of reaching 180 by 2025.

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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) aspires to be at the forefront of Australia’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution, as reported by Car Expert. For qualified electric vehicles, the territory already provides two years of free registration and interest-free loans of up to $15,000. The territorial government also stated that it intended to replace heavy fleet vehicles with zero-emission alternatives and to only lease such vehicles where necessary.

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Only a few weeks have passed since the European Union announced that it would outlaw the sale of new ICE vehicles across its territory by the year 2035, and now ACT has made a similar announcement. This helps ensure that no two countries impose overlapping or incompatible regulations on the automotive sector, which would drive up prices and complexity for everyone.

What the ACT government has said may pave the way for federal regulations that make all of Australia’s jurisdictions uniform. There is still more than a decade to go before the 2035 target is reached, so it is still an ambitious one. It has only affected a small fraction of the population so far, and it isn’t here to stay. The auto industry is undergoing significant change, however, and governments around the world are taking note.

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