Report 2018 Federal Senate Inquiry
After reviewing hundreds of submissions and many hours of testimony, the Federal inquiry into Electric Vehicles published its report in January 2019
The report confirmed the findings of the very many such reports published since 2008, that rapid adoption of EV’s was beneficial and should be supported by Government policy.
It is reported that release of the report was delayed while the chair of the committee, independent Senator Tim Storer, negotiated with the Government and opposition to agree to enact some of the recommendations either immediately or in the short term. To the on-going shame of the politicians elected to make the best choices for the future of our nation, there was no support for this.
The report found that Australia was lagging behind other countries in EV uptake due to lack of Government policy, and because of the known constraints of available models, affordability, range and charging infrastructure.
The committee found that “widespread use of EVs in the Australian transportation fleet would deliver significant economic, environmental and health benefits to Australian consumers and society. It would also create new opportunities for Australian industry.”
Also that, “Australian Governments should prioritise the development of a national EV strategy and an inter-governmental taskforce to lead its implementation. National EV sales targets could be set to deliver certainty to business and consumers,”
The committee made 17 recommendations, (in detail below) that called for a National EV strategy, leadership from Government. EV sales targets and targets for Government fleets. Adopting the findings of the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions and introduction of more stringent light vehicle emissions standards. That a comprehensive 10year EV manufacturing roadmap be created and implemented.
Raising awareness of the general public, and promoting Formula E in Australia. That federal, state and local government EV fleet, truck and electric bus procurement be co-ordinated nationally . That there be national training arrangements for service of EV’s and associated manufacturing. That there be a 10-year plan for electricity distribution infrastructure, and associated regulatory reform including regarding distributed generation.
That the National Construction Code to be amended to render all new dwellings 'electric vehicle charger ready', and that standards accommodate smart load management provisions to incorporate EV charging requirements. That national standards for EV’s be implemented.
Predictably but unfortunately, the release and details of the report were not reported widely in the mainstream Australian media. In fact, the Melbourne Herald-Sun gave it less than 50mm of column space, but later that week devoted half a page to an interstate motoring organisation complaining that EV’s paid no road tax.
6.14 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government develop a national EV strategy to facilitate and accelerate EV uptake and ensure Australia takes advantage of the opportunities, and manages the risks and challenges, of the transition to EVs.
Addressing these risks and challenges will require effective national standards and regulation in regards to charging infrastructure and electricity grid integration, building and construction, public safety, consumer protection, processes for disposal and/or re-use of batteries, and skills training.
6.15 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government should take a national leadership position in establishing an inter-governmental taskforce to lead the development and implementation of a national EV strategy.
6.18 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government consider establishing national EV targets for light passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and metropolitan buses.
6.20 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government consider establishing a national EV target for the Government fleet.
6.28 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government coordinate with operators in the charging infrastructure industry to develop a comprehensive plan for the rollout of a national public charging network.
6.31 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government introduce more stringent vehicle emissions standards, and establish a new CO2 standard, informed by those implemented in other developed countries and the findings of the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions.
6.34 The Committee recommends that any national strategy by the Australian Government should develop a consumer education campaign to raise awareness of the capabilities and benefits of EVs.
6.37 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with the state and territory governments to bring a Formula-E Championship race to Australia.
6.39 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government develop and implement a comprehensive 10-year EV manufacturing roadmap, also covering research and development, vehicle and system design and manufacture batteries, telematics, supply chain and component manufacturing.
6.43 The Committee recommends the Australian Government coordinate federal, state and local government EV fleet, truck and electric bus procurement through the inter-governmental EV taskforce (Recommendation 2).
6.47 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government works with state and territory governments through the COAG Industry and Skills Council to establish national training arrangements for automotive service technicians in relation to electric vehicles.
6.48 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government, in conjunction with industry stakeholders, fund apprenticeships and traineeships in the local EV and associated manufacturing sector.
6.50 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work closely with electricity market agencies, states and other relevant stakeholders to prepare a 10-year plan detailing priority electricity network infrastructure upgrades needed to manage demand from EVs.
6.55 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work closely with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to:
• Expedite the establishment of a register of distributed energy resources (DER);
• Develop a strategy for AEMO to access and direct the DER to charge or provide electricity to the grid to meet operational requirements.
6.59 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with state and territory governments, through COAG and the Building Ministers Forum, to explore necessary amendments to the National Construction Code to render all new dwellings 'electric vehicle charger ready'
6.60 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work with Standards Australia to amend AS/NZS3000:2018 Electrical installations: Wiring Rules to the following effect: Where a smart load management system is not implemented, assume all the electric vehicle chargers will be running at full capacity all the time. Where a smart load management system is implemented, assume electric vehicle charging load will be effectively limited by the parameters of this system.
6.62 The Committee recommends that the Australian Government work closely with Standards Australia to establish a series of national standards in relation to EVs.