As the electric vehicle transition begins to pick up pace in Australia, we have launched a new weekly feature to give you a round up of what’s happened each week in the local EV industry and community.
And there’s a lot happening, regardless of (and this week because of!) thin support from government to accelerate Australia towards clean, zero emissions transport.
Week ending November 13, 2020
A milestone moment was reached this week when Chinese-owned MG introduced the ZS EV, its first electric vehicle in Australia, and revealed it will cost $43,990 driveaway making it the cheapest EV on the local market. You can check out Giles Parkinson’s drive day review of the MG ZS EV here.
South Australia government announces it will propose an EV tax, stirring uproar from EV advocates before the SA crossbench indicates it will not support the motion.
News that NSW will consider an EV tax labelled “madness”, but is roundly criticised by automotive and climate industry experts alike.
Tasmania’s Liberal government pledges to transition vehicle fleet to 100% electric vehicles by 2030, to boost uptake in the state and cut dependence on liquid fuels.
Meanwhile, Victoria government has been asked to ditch ‘out-dated’ network access fees to speed roll-out of new EV fast-chargers.
Chargefox’s ultra-rapid electric car charging network expands to Western Australia as the company inks deal with Volvo.
BMW confirms its iX electric SUV will come to Australia during a global launch of the production version of the BMW iNext concept.
Lexus confirms luxury compact UX300e SUV, the company’s first all-electric vehicle, will debut in Australia at Melbourne Cup in November 2021.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.