- The NSW Government set a 70 per cent emissions reduction target by 2035 before the election
- Only a 20 percent reduction was promised over the five years from 2030.
- At least 50 percent of new car sales are for EVs by 2030.
The New South Wales government has committed to reducing overall pollution by 70% from 2005 levels by 2035, with electric vehicles playing a key role.
This represents a 20 percent emissions cut in just five years as the state has already pledged to reduce emissions by 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Treasurer Matt Keane announced the policy today just three months after a state election where the Liberal Party faces tough competition from environmentally conscious independent ‘tail’ candidates, as seen in this year’s Queensland and federal elections. has gone
The Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) lobbying group has praised NSW for driving the electrification transition in Australia.
“The NSW Government has been quicker than others to recognize that if you want to meet reasonable emissions reduction targets, you need electric vehicles,” EVC CEO Bahayad Jafri said. Strong measures are needed for transition.”
“For the past two years they have been the Electric Vehicle Council’s top-ranked state in terms of policy action to help drive EV adoption.
“New South Wales is currently the only state with a targeted flat incentive and, although there is much work to be done, it leads the country in terms of policies to roll out charging infrastructure in apartments.”
According to ReutersVictoria and South Australia have similar 2030 targets, while Queensland has only said it will reduce emissions by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by the end of the decade.
The Australian Capital Territory aims to reduce emissions by 65 to 75 per cent of 1990 levels by 2030, and Tasmania is leading the nation in committing to net zero by 2030.
Western Australia and the Northern Territory currently have no emission reduction targets.
What are the current EV policies in NSW?
Since the passage of the EV Bill in October 2021, NSW has benefited from a number of incentives and investments to encourage the EV transition.
The Liberal-led state government has set a target for EVs to account for at least 50 per cent of all new cars sold by 2030.
|For electric car owners||For the public|
|$3000 rebate on first 25,000 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) sold under $68,750 – including delivery charge and optional extras||More than $100 million to local councils, rideshare and car rental companies supporting the transition to EVs|
|Removal of stamp duty on BEVs and FCEVs under $78,000||The NSW Government’s fleet of 20,000 vehicles will be all-electric by 2030, with a target of 50 per cent by 2026.|
|Free stamp duty on BEVs and FCEVs under $78,000||$171 million investment in public EV charging infrastructure|
|Waiver of registration fee||A $3 billion plan to support electric-buy manufacturing, charging and fleet conversion|
|Permission to use T2 and T3 transit lanes – till 31 October 2023|
|A road user tax of 2.5c/km for EVs or 2.0c/km for PHEVs – but will be introduced on 1 July 2027 or 30 per cent of new vehicle sales (whichever is earlier).|