ACT to ban gasoline cars completely by 2035 in landmark shift to electric vehicles
One of Australia’s most important cities will ban petrol cars completely by 2035
- Canberra drivers will be banned from buying new petrol cars by 2035
- The ACT plans to phase out sales of internal combustion engine cars by then
- The Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy envisages 90 percent new electric cars by 2030
- ACT will be the first state or territory to commit to eliminating new fuel cars
The ACT has confirmed it will move forward with plans to phase out all of them petrol Vehicles from 2035 – the first Australian state or territory to commit to the Emissions Control System.
Emission Reduction Secretary Shane Rattenbury will outline a plan later this week that would see 90 per cent of new cars sold as electric by 2030. The policy will include a range of incentives and programs.
The zero-emissions vehicle strategy envisages no fuel-powered cars for sale beyond 2035 in landmark news for the country as it appears to be tackling it climate change – and for drivers in Canberra.
The ACT has confirmed it will move ahead with plans to phase out all petrol vehicles by 2035
Currently, transportation accounts for about 60 percent of the ACT’s emissions, with the new program expected to accelerate its commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
Mr Rattenbury will unveil the full plan, which envisages that within the decade between 80 and 90 per cent of new cars will be emission-free, with all fossil fuel car sales eliminated by 2035.
Financial incentives will be introduced to persuade residents to swap their petrol vehicles for clean models.
Greenpeace’s Lindsay Soutar said she hopes the announcement of the ACT will persuade other states and territories to follow suit.
“The phase-out of new fossil-fuel vehicles in the ACT by 2035 will … bring benefits to residents with cheaper cars, cleaner, quieter roads and less reliance on foreign oil,” she said.
“The ACT is far from alone on the global stage. The UK has already committed to phasing out internal combustion engine cars by 2030, and Europe recently committed to phasing out cars by 2035 – a pledge echoed by many global automakers.’
The zero emissions vehicle strategy envisages that there will be no fuel-powered cars for sale after 2035, which is landmark news for the country as it seeks to address climate change
Queensland last week confirmed plans to significantly expand its electric charging network to a distance of 5,400 km and connect an additional 10,000 drivers across the state.
There are currently $3,000 rebates on eligible electric models for Queensland customers, with Energy Secretary Mick de Brenni saying he believes the state will have 50 per cent of all new cars zero emissions by 2030.
“Motorists are seeing the rising cost of liquid fuels and global supply issues, which means having the choice to switch to an electric vehicle is more important than ever,” he said.
“We’re going to support that by making sure we have the power system that can support charging and get those renewable electrons from our solar farms, from our wind farms, into motorists’ cars.”