Canberrans who choose to purchase an electric vehicle will be offered two years of free registration under a new government plan, designed to boost the uptake of the clean transportation across the Capital.
It’s one of a number of ‘climate action’ initiatives the ACT Government will introduce as part of the Territory budget next month.
Minister for Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury said the ACT wants to see an electric vehicle (EV) revolution over the next decade.
“Free registration and no-interest loans for zero emissions vehicles, along with a new network of 50 public charging stations for electric vehicles will make EV’s a real option for Canberrans who may have been hesitant until now.”
Other initiatives funded through the budget include the establishment of a $150 million fund offering zero-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help cover the upfront costs of investing in solar panels, battery storage, electric vehicles and energy efficient appliances.
A $100 million dollar spend, over the next five years, is also included in the budget to deliver a ‘Big Canberra Battery.
Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said that will see uptake of battery storage at government run sites and facilities across the city.
“It’s potentially thousands of batteries that all contribute to an overall capacity to both regulate and regularise energy distribution in the Territory.”
The initiatives are part of a $307 million ‘climate action’ spend by the Government over the next five years.
It’s hoped the funding will ensure the Territory remains on track to reach its target of achieving zero net emissions by 2045.