Australia follows European Union and bans sales of new ICE vehicles from 2035

The Australian Capital Territory government wants to lead Australia’s transition to electric vehicles and bans sales of ICE vehicles from 2035 following the same path as the EU.

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HT automatic office

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Jul 31, 2022, 3:12 PM

Australia aims to transition to electric mobility within the next decade. (MINT_PRINT)

Australia appears to be preparing to follow the European Union in banning the sale of fossil fuel internal combustion engine vehicles. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has announced a new strategy to ban sales of ICE cars from 2035. The plan is in line with the Australian government’s goal to switch to electric mobility. Apart from banking ICE vehicle sales, the ACT government also plans to implement several other plans. These include expanding and building a robust public charging network for electric vehicles, providing grants to install charging infrastructure in apartments, and more. Interestingly, this is Australia’s first decision to ban sales of ICE vehicles.

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The ACT government is also aiming for 80-90% of new car sales in the territory to be battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The government also wants to ban taxi and ride-sharing companies from adding more ICE vehicles to fleets, according to an ABC News report. There are plans to increase the public infrastructure network to 70 chargers by 2023, with the goal of having 180 by 2025.

The report claims that the ACT government announcement could pave the way for federal regulations that align every state and territory in Australia. The 2035 target is ambitious and there is still more than a decade before becoming a reality. However, with the growing demand for electric vehicles and pressure from governments, the shift to electric mobility seems to be more of a reality than an ambition.

Several countries around the world have already announced deadlines to ban fossil fuel internal combustion vehicles.

Date of first publication: Jul 31, 2022, 3:12 PM IST

Sallie R. Loera