Fossil fuel cars will soon be a thing of the past in Australia’s capital. Photo / 123RF
Motorists will be banned from buying new “fossil fuel” vehicles in the Australian capital from 2035.
In an Australian first, Canberra will become the first jurisdiction to require all new cars to be electric.
But other states are expected to follow in the coming years.
Emissions Reduction Minister Shane Rattenbury said the new rules will apply to new cars, motorcycles and small trucks.
“Our intention is that from 2035 you won’t be able to put any new (cars) on the road,” he said.
“But the government has no intention of taking your car off the road if you drive an all-gas vehicle at the start of the year.”
But there is an even earlier target that the ACT wants to achieve by 2030.
By then, he wants 80 to 90% of new light vehicles sold to be zero-emission models.
Interest-free loans of up to A$15,000 are already on offer to buy electric cars in the ACT, which has a higher take-up rate than other states.
If you are buying a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) for the first time, you may not have to pay stamp duty.
If you buy a ZEV, new or used, you will receive free ACT registration for two years.
Eligible households can access up to AU$15,000 to purchase an electric vehicle under the Sustainable Household Zero Interest Loan Scheme.
Rattenbury said that although full details have yet to be finalized, the ACT government wanted to send a clear signal to motorists.
“We try to signal where we’re going early on so people are clear where the future is,” Rattenbury said.
Overseas, the British government has already announced its intention to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.
The European Union has also prepared a bill to ban the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2035.
Singapore will not allow new registrations of diesel-powered cars and taxis from 2025.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has not announced a ban on fossil fuel cars, but is offering incentives to go electric.
Electric cars will be exempt from Australia’s 5% import tariff which will reduce the cost of an AU$40,000 vehicle by AU$2,000.
They will also be exempt from employee benefits tax, which will encourage companies to equip their employees with electric cars.
The move will save up to AU$8,700 for an AU$50,000 vehicle.