Australian motorists encouraged to switch to electric cars

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SYDNEY, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Motorists in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) are being encouraged to drive more environmentally friendly cars with the launch of a scheme to reduce the price of electric vehicles.

The NSW government announced on Thursday it would spend 490 million Australian dollars (about 368.8 million U.S. dollars) on its electric vehicles (EV) initiative by cutting taxes, offering 3,000 Australian dollar (about 2,258 U.S. dollar) car rebates, and installing ultra-fast EV chargers throughout the state.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the incentives would make NSW the best place in Australia to buy and drive an electric vehicle.

"This is a comprehensive suite of measures which ensures we have the right mix in place to boost the take up of electric vehicles," Perrottet said.

NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean said the strategy would ensure that by 2030, at least 50 percent of new car sales in NSW would be EVs.

"To achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the majority of new cars sold in NSW need to be EVs by 2035," Kean said.

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Rob Stokes said the funding would help reduce air and noise pollution pumped out on the state's roads.

"The transport sector currently makes up a fifth of carbon emissions in NSW, with almost half of those coming from passenger vehicles," Stokes said.

"This policy will give the green light to industry to increase model availability and cut the costs of EVs."

The scheme is expected to be welcomed by the Climate Council, one of Australia's leading environmental monitors.

In a report released earlier this year, the Climate Council said 75 percent of new car sales by 2030 would need to be EVs for the nation to achieve net zero emissions by 2035.

Australia still has a long way to go, with 2020 figures showing battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids made up less than 1 percent of all new car sales.

There are, however, promising signs on the horizon with the Climate Council noting that its survey had shown one in two drivers would consider buying an EV when they become as cheap as petrol cars.

The poll found that about 66 percent of Australians believe EVs reduce pollution and are environmentally beneficial. Enditem

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