If the Australian Greens had their way, we would all be riding electric motorcycles like the one above by 2030 and would foot the bill via government incentives.
Their plan includes:
- Setting a target of 100% of new passenger vehicles being electric by 2030;
- Strong vehicle emissions standards;
- Removing import tariffs and other taxes such as GST, stamp duty and registration; and
- Rolling out fast-charging infrastructure.
Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice announced the plan after the final report of her Select Committee on Electric Vehicles was released.
“The Greens are the only party with a real plan to get Australia in the fast lane so that we can reap the rewards that will come from electric vehicles,” she says.
She doesn’t say what the rewards are, but with the current electric supply problems, labouring our system wth more electrical products could put us all in the dark.
The Greens also don’t mention anything about the environmental concerns of electricity from our coal-fired power plants and the disposal of batteries.
Their reference to “strong vehicle emissions standards” probably means faster acceptance of Euro standards.
In which case, bikes such as the Kawasaki KLR650 and Suzuki Hayabusa would no longer be available for sale in Australia.
That’s hardly a reward!
Lagging behind the world
The Greens Senator says Australia is lagging behind other nations on electric vehicle (EV) incentives and infrastructure.
We are also lagging behind countries that ban some motorcycles from their CBD.
The Greens would have us follow countries such as Sweden which is among the world leaders in EV adoption with more than 50,000 plug-in vehicles registered and a plan to have a 100% fossil-fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2030.
That’s not a reference to just new vehicles coming into or made in the country. That’s ALL vehicles.
That would mean a total ban on riding all motorcycles, except electric bikes like this!
Meanwhile, the Greens want the government to incentivise motorcyclists and drivers to buy EVs.
“The government has a choice to get Australia in the fast lane, but that means hitting the accelerator with ambitious targets and incentives to drive the uptake of electric vehicles,” Senator Rice says.
In the end, the motorist pays for those incentives through taxes, so where’s the incentive?