Tasmania's take-up of electric vehicles is stalling despite extensive publicity and the state government-backed roll-out of charging stations.
Just 136 of the 15,661 new vehicles sold in Tasmania in the first 10 months of the year were electric, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries' latest VFACTS report.
Adding the sales of 900 hybrids and 35 PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) took the total to 1071, or 6.8 per cent of total sales.
Combined sales of those three types made up 7.06 per cent of total sales of 12,032 in the corresponding period a year earlier.
Tasmania had 5781 sales of new diesel-fuelled vehicles and 8192 petrol vehicles in the first 10 months of this year, plus 617 heavy commercials.
Environment Minister Roger Jaensch said the government would soon develop an emissions reduction and resilience plan for the transport sector to further support electric vehicle uptake and reduce emissions.
``The Tasmanian Liberal government is committed to supporting electric vehicle uptake to reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels, drive increased demand for our own renewable energy and reduce pollution in our towns and cities," Mr Jaensch said.
"We have set an ambitious target to transition the government's vehicle fleet to 100 per cent electric vehicles by 2030."
He said ChargeSmart 2 would provide $775,000 for an additional 43 EV fast and destination chargers for regional Tasmania and at key tourism destinations.
Mr Jaensch said the government had already delivered:
- a two-year stamp duty waiver on EVs (battery electric and hydrogen);
- more than $6 million to Metro Tasmania to trial zero emissions buses statewide; and
- a comprehensive statewide network of 14 fast chargers and 23 destination chargers.
``So far in 2021-22, there have been 118 waivers provided for registration of new and second hand vehicles, demonstrating the importance of our policy to support EV uptake," he said.