Electric Vehicle Strategy and Implementation Plan released in NT

Electric Vehicle Strategy

The Northern Territory government is continuing to address climate risk and create new economic and business opportunities, with the release of its Electric Vehicle Strategy and Implementation Plan. 

Introducing further renewable energy initiatives, such as the Electric Vehicle Strategy and Implementation Plan, will aid households in reducing vehicle running costs and deliver benefits for Northern Territory businesses. 

“The Territory Labor government is continuing to address renewables and climate change, while creating new business and economic opportunities for Territorians,” minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Renewables and Energy Eva Lawler said. 

Focusing on battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, the Electric Vehicle Strategy and Implementation Plan will support the uptake of EVs in the state. 

The Strategy also focuses on passenger and light commercial vehicles, as these are most likely to be the areas with the greatest growth in the near future. 

The Electric Vehicle Strategy and Implementation Plan includes a range of actions for the next five years. Some of the key actions include: 

  • Reduced registration and stamp duty fees for Electric Vehicles 
  • Developing a grant program for home, workplace and public EV chargers 
  • Facilitating the installation of more EV charging stations 
  • Supporting local innovation in EV technology 
  • Skills development for EV servicing and EV charging infrastructure installation 
  • Promoting information on EV charging locations 
  • Increasing the number of EVs in the Northern Territory government fleet 

“Actions in the Implementation Plan have been directly influenced by feedback from the community, including 79 per cent of respondents supporting the NT government encouraging EV use and 77 per cent agreeing that now is the right time to encourage EV use,” Lawler said. 

“Feedback indicated there is significant support for the NT government installing EV chargers, as well as setting targets for the NT government fleet.” 

The Northern Territory government is working with other jurisdictions and the federal government to coordinate Australia’s transition to low and zero emission vehicles, with the release of the EV Strategy setting out a clear direction for the state. 

Investing in EVs and providing the necessary infrastructure is in line with the Northern Territory government’s Roadmap to Renewables, the Climate Change Response and Action Plan and the Digital Territory Strategy. 

“Implementation of this electric vehicle policy confirms our government’s actions on addressing climate risk to transition to a low-carbon economy,” Lawler said. 

“Responding to climate change will not only help us protect our environment, but will support this new industry and the jobs that come with it.” 

To view the Electric Vehicle Strategy and Implementation Plan, visit https://dipl.nt.gov.au/strategies/electric-vehicle.  

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