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Canberra Plans E-Vehicle Push

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CANBERRA: Electric vehicles will get a big push from the Federal Government’s plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Businesses will be offered incentives to invest in new electric car fleets.

Also benefitting will be Mr and Mrs Average car buyer, with the move expected to push down the price of electric vehicles for Australian families.

Next week’s Federal Budget – due on Tuesday, October 6 – will include a $74.5 million package to assist businesses to trial new technology for fleets – including hydrogen, electric and bio-fuel vehicles, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report.

Incentives for installation of charging infrastructure at workplaces will also be included.

The planned new government push is another backflip for PM Scott Morrison, who during the 2019 election ran a scare campaign against EVs, ridiculing the prospect of tradies ever wanting an electric ute for work or to tow a caravan.

In fact, demand for electric cars among private owners increased by 56 percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Federal Automotive Chamber of Industries.

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