The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed afederal opposition plan to significantly boost the number of electric vehicles in Australia.
The Opposition wants half of new car sales to be electric vehicles by 2030 and 50 per cent of the government's fleet to be electric by 2025.
As part of the plan businesses would be allowed to deduct a 20 per cent depreciation for private fleet electric vehicles worth at least $20,000.
The ALC says Labor should work closely with the freight logistics sector to deliver improved environmental outcomes.
Transport is Australia's third largest source of greenhouse gas pollution, accounting for almost 20 per cent of emissions.
“This industry has been among the most enthusiastic proponents of the potential of electric vehicles (EVs) to improve our environment while also providing operational and cost advantages for freight logistics businesses,” said ALC CEO Kirk Coningham.
“The policy contains a number of measures that can help make that potential a reality, provided that governments work closely with industry in helping deliver the right reforms,” he said.
Mr Coningham said the ALC is particularly encouraged by Labor’s plan to boost EV charging capacity in the national road network.
“Overcoming ‘range anxiety’ is an essential part of delivering swifter EV uptake by freight logistics operators,” he said.
“The commitment to work with COAG to promote national consistency in charging infrastructure is most welcome.”
The ALC also welcomed moves designed to encourage investment in EV technology, including the 20 per cent deduction incentive for new EVs valued at more than $20,000.
Low Emission Transport Strategy
Incentives to upgrade heavy vehicles with modern technology to help reduce emissions were also welcomed.
“The commitment to develop a Low Emission Transport Strategy is a responsible one, and will help ensure that all modes of transport are making a contribution to emissions reduction,” Mr Coningham said.
“Industry must be a key partner in the development of that strategy.”
Mr Coningham said industry is willing to play its part in delivering better environmental outcomes for the community.
The ALC would work with a future Labor government to ensure such standards are introduced in an equitable fashion so that freight logistics operators do not face an unsustainable financial burden.