The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is Australia’s federal district that contains the capital Canberra. ACT now decided to well, act, on driving growth for electric vehicles with a new action plan running throughout 2021.
The ACT’s action plans that has just been released includes various measures under the name “Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2021”.
For example, the government commits to switch their own fleet to electric vehicles. Further measures include the installation of public and private EV charging infrastructure and incentives for people to buy electric cars.
These are the measures in detail:
– Transitioning the ACT Government fleet to zero emission vehicles (at least 50% of all newly leased ACT Government fleet passenger vehicles will be zero emissions vehicles by 2019-20 and all newly leased ACT Government passenger vehicles will be zero emission vehicles from 2020-21 (where fit for purpose);
– Requiring all new multi-unit and mixed use developments to install vehicle charging infrastructure;
– permitting zero emissions vehicles to drive in transit lanes until 2023 (to commence later in 2018);
– working with local and state governments to facilitate the installation of charging stations on major routes to and from Canberra including routes to Sydney and coastal areas;
– investigating incentives to encourage the use of electric bikes in place of cars.
ACT is already running a trial of two battery electric buses and a hybrid bus. They also have an e-bike fleet for ACT public servants to use.