Volkswagen Group Australia has taken a leadership role in electric vehicles at the National EV Summit held in Canberra this week
Government and motoring industry figures met today at the National EV Summit in Canberra, where the group discussed the future of electric vehicles in Australia.
Volkswagen Group Australia will support the proposal by the Australian government to impose carbon emission rules on new car sales going forward.
Managing director of Volkswagen Group Australia Paul Sansom said that “our company was the first to warn that this country would become a ‘third world dumping ground’ for obsolete auto technology. This has become a rallying cry.”
At the National EV Summit held in Canberra, federal energy minister Chris Bowen confirmed that the government will release a discussion paper to develop a National Electric Vehicle strategy.
Mr Sansom reiterated that a “federally mandated emissions target for our industry is non-negotiable if Australia’s supply of electric vehicles is to grow from a trickle to a flow and thereby start to meet ever-growing demand.
“Markets where automakers face financial consequences for failing to meet targets are prioritised for zero emission vehicles.
“Volkswagen Group Australia wants binding regulations that compel our factories to consider us. Greater supply inevitably leads to greater affordability,” Mr Sansom continued.
Volkswagen Group Australia says that Volkswagen, Skoda and Cupra have had production approval for more affordable EVs.
Companies such as Volkswagen hope that with an electric vehicle plan, Australia will be able to come to terms with its emissions targets which could one day be more in line with the targets set by European nations such as Norway and Finland.
The EV summit was organised by Mike Cannon-Brookes’ not-for-profit Boundless. Cannon-Brookes has a ‘green fund’ from which $500 million will go towards electrification of Australian homes and an electric vehicle future.
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