The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has welcomed the federal government’s announcement to consult with the aftermarket on the establishment of a national electric vehicle strategy.
According to the AAAA, the consultation process will allow it to ensure the aftermarket industry is geared up to support the transition, which it said is critical for consumer confidence regarding vehicle servicing, repairs, and modifications as their popularity increases.
“The AAAA looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with government on behalf of the aftermarket industry, on what is a critical matter for Australia to get right,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA.
“We’d like to congratulate Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, for this positive announcement that will ensure the automotive industry, and ultimately consumers, are supported through this important transitional phase.
“The aftermarket industry has an important role to play in this strategy. Independent workshops and technicians will be at the forefront of servicing and repairing zero and low emissions vehicles (ZLEV).
Charity said the ZLEV transition will also yield growth and new business opportunities in the aftermarket industry. “Consultation will ensure business is heard, informed, and ready to capitalise on this industry evolution,” he added.
“Electric vehicles will undoubtedly be central to this new strategy, however hydrogen-powered and sustainably-fuelled efficient internal combustion vehicles should also be considered to be part of the solution.”