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NSW Government invests $260 million in to supercharge the shift to EVs

The Chris Minns Government will invest $260 million in the 2023-24 NSW Budget to increase electric vehicle uptake in NSW –to achieve Net Zero emissions targets.

The funding will underpin the rollout of a new NSW EV Strategy which will be developed in partnership with industry stakeholders, to boost investment in EV infrastructure.

Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Penny Sharpe, said increasing the number of electric vehicles roads is an essential step to NSW getting to Net Zero emissions.

“To facilitate EV uptake, the NSW Government will increase funding to essential infrastructure,” she said.

The Government will prioritise investment in infrastructure for drivers in regional NSW, renters and people who live in apartments, and people who don’t have access to home charging so they can still take advantage of the cost savings from owning an EV.

It will fund projects such as fast chargers on commuter routes, more kerbside chargers near apartment blocks, and upgraded grid capacity and charging hubs to support fleets.

“Whether it is in apartment buildings, commuter car parks or kerbside, we are committed to making sure the infrastructure is in place to get electric vehicle drivers from A to B,” Minister Sharpe said.

As part of the NSW Government’s reform package, rebates for EV purchases and exemptions for stamp duties will cease on 1 January 2024.

However, transitional arrangements will ensure those who have purchased or placed a deposit on an eligible EV, and are awaiting delivery of the vehicle, will still be eligible, regardless of whether the vehicle has been delivered by that date.

A Road User Charge will commence as planned from 1 July 2027, and will apply to all zero and low emissions vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, registered for the first time or transferred from 1 January 2024.

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