What are Electric Vehicles?

    Electric vehicles (usually referred to as ‘EVs’) are cars or other vehicles that are propelled by electric motors. Unlike traditional internal combustion engine vehicles that use liquid fuels (eg: petrol), electric vehicle motors are powered by electricity.

    How does an EV differ to an internal combustion engine (eg: petrol engine vehicles)?

    An EV uses electricity for its fuel source and has no clutch or gears.  Consequently, EVs accelerate quietly, smoothly.  A vehicle running only on electricity has zero tail-pipe emissions, so EVs are regarded as a cleaner and better for the environment than internal combustion engine vehicles.

    How common are EVs?

    Electric vehicle uptake in Australia to date has been lower than other developed countries.  The number of EVs in Australia is expected to grow as cheaper models arrive and more charging infrastructure is rolled out.  Electric car sales have more than tripled in Australia in the past year.

    What are the associated benefits of converting to using EVs?

    The potential benefits of EVs include reduced fuel costs, lower maintenance costs, reduced air pollution (with associated health benefits) and an improved driving experience. Greenhouse gas emissions can be eliminated if EVs are charged using renewable energy.

    What is the next stage after this consultation?

    The feedback provided will be reviewed to inform a finalised Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Policy.