Zero emissions vehicles
The ACT Government is supporting the transition to zero emission vehicles to tackle climate change and create more sustainable transport options in Canberra. The Future of Zero Emission Vehicles in the ACT factsheet (PDF 4MB) explains the benefits, range and performance of vehicles currently available, costs of ownership and the types of vehicles available in Australia.
In April 2018, the ACT Government launched its Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2021. This plan continues to enhance the ACT Government’s reputation as a world leader in sustainability by encouraging the use of zero emission vehicles and e-bikes. The action plan contains a variety of actions, including a Government commitment to a zero emission vehicle fleet, new charging infrastructure, and incentives for consumers to purchase zero emission vehicles.
Creating more sustainable transport will be critical to meeting our legislated net zero emission target by 2045. Once the 100% renewable electricity target is achieved in 2020, transport will contribute about 60% of ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions. And with the majority of transport emissions coming from private car travel, cars will soon become Canberra’s single biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions.
Working together to create sustainable transport options
The ACT is a national leader in Sustainable Transport. The Territory won the Sustainable Transport Award at the inaugural Cities Power Partnership awards in October 2017 in recognition of the work towards transitioning to zero emissions vehicles. Additionally, the ACT has signed the Birmingham Declaration and the e-mobility Declaration which commits signing governments to the vision of a zero emissions future for transport. ACT is also a member of the global ZEV Challenge aimed at asking automotive leaders to accelerate the transition towards a clean transport future. Here at home, the ACT is part of the Climate Action Roundtable’s Memorandum of Understanding on electric vehicles, committing signatories including the ACT, South Australia, City of Adelaide, City of Hobart and the Electric Vehicle Council of Australia to work together to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.