The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the announcement on Future Fuels Strategy by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction the Hon Angus Taylor. The announcement presents a strong position with regards to the Government desire to let the market determine the direction and uptake of new technology while supporting its growth through investment in infrastructure and the removal of any barriers that discourage vehicle technology development and adoption.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber agreed that continued development of zero and low emission vehicles by global vehicle manufacturers coupled with the market demand led by private and business buyers at affordable prices and operating costs will be important drivers towards zero carbon emissions.
“The FCAI will consider the Government’s position and respond formally to the discussion process,” Mr Weber said.
“It is very significant that the Minister is placing the focus on a mix of technologies rather than taxation to lead the transition. Globally, our member companies are taking a lead in emissions reduction and invest more than $100 billion every year in research and development to design and build the low and zero emission vehicles of the future.
“This research continues to present us with a vast range of options – from highly efficient internal combustion engines, through hybrids to battery or plug in electric and hydrogen fuel cell. The Government is wise to acknowledge that the future directions include this range of technologies.
“Governments should choose targets – not technology. The market is already showing us that these advanced drive technologies are accepted in the Australian market if they are fit for purpose and affordable,” Mr Weber said.
Mr Weber added that the Discussion Paper commentary about the role of Government in the development of critical supporting infrastructure was a positive message to the market.
“Governments have a critical role to play in the development and roll out of appropriate infrastructure to support the growth in market demand for new technologies. Access to world class fuel quality remains a missing link in this story.
“Most importantly, we strongly encourage the Federal Government to work cooperatively with State and Territory Governments to ensure all Australians can have confidence in consistent development of infrastructure and policy settings that support the adoption of new zero and low emission technology.
“This is an important time for unity, clarity, planning and delivery across the entire country rather than poorly considered tax grabs by State Governments on electric and hydrogen vehicles,” Mr Weber said.