MTAQ CEO Dr Brett Dale says the uptake of electric scooters and motorcycles will have a “huge place in the future of mobility”.
“They are undoubtably more environmentally friendly and the uptake should be supported with a focus on safe riding,” he says.
“We all know the future of mobility will be underpinned by electrification and micro-mobility options will be a big part of that future.
“Government needs to support the new clean technology revolution through incentives for all vehicles that contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions.
“A fair user-pays system would appear to be the most equitable and costs should be determined by the volume of kilometres driven, where the vehicle has travelled (city congestion), the emissions and possibly the size of vehicles.”
He says the expense of electric vehicles is a major impediment to their uptake.
That’s more expensive than all but the Harley CVO range and Trike Glide Ultra Classic. It is more expensive than the feature-laden Ultra Limited tourer at $A41,495 ride away and Freewheeler Trike at $45,995.
Dr Dale says Canada, China, USA, India, Japan and many European countries provide price subsidies and tax reductions, exemptions and credits to encourage the uptake of EVs.
Providing an incentive to buy electric vehicles could have two major ramifications for the community if there is a shift from petrol-powered to EVs.
One would be a power drain on the already stressed electricity grid.