In 2035, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will make history by becoming the first city in Australia to prohibit the purchase of new automobiles powered by gasoline or diesel fuel to reduce carbon emissions.
According to Shane Rattenbury, the ACT Minister for Emissions Reduction, the phase-out would initially apply to newly manufactured automobiles, motorcycles, and small trucks.
To accomplish this, the state government has set a goal that by the year 2030, up to ninety percent of all newly purchased automobiles will be electric vehicles.
As part of the Zero Emissions Vehicle Strategy, specific information regarding how the ban will be carried out and enforced will likely be released later this week.
The adoption rate of electric vehicles in the ACT is the highest in the country, with EVs accounting for 5 percent of automobile purchases in the preceding year.
The state government is providing incentives to motorists who transition to driving an electric vehicle.
These incentives include interest-free loans of up to $15,000 and free vehicle registration for two years.
Ben Fordham has criticised a proposal to outlaw gasoline-powered and diesel-powered automobiles, questioning where the energy needed to switch to all-electric vehicles will come from.
He stated that people living in NSW have just received a warning to conserve electricity by turning off appliances such as dishwashers and printers.
‘Last month we were being warned about putting the dishwasher on… office buildings were turning off their lights, companies were telling workers to switch off the printer when the printers not being used,’ he said.
‘So if we can’t power the printer and the dishwasher, how are we going to power six million electric vehicles?