Federal Government Launches Inquiry Into Transition To EVs

The Australian Government’s Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water is seeking written submissions to an inquiry into the transition to electric vehicles, which was established following a referral from Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) welcomed the announcement, saying it has long called for a zero and low emissions vehicle (ZLEV) commission with a focus on industry transition, and hopes the committee’s inquiry will deliver a similar outcome.

“Australians are buying more ZLEVs each year, so MTAA encourages a robust discussion on how motorists can best move to a lower emissions future,” said Geoff Gwilym, CEO of the MTAA. It’s essential, however, that those who know ZLEVs best – the automotive industry – contribute to the inquiry.”

“MTAA welcomes direct engagement with the inquiry to ensure the committee considers issues related to the automotive retail industry transition – which is made up of predominantly small businesses.”

The association said it is important that the inquiry considers not only consumers and energy providers but also the automotive service, retail and repair sectors, which are best placed to make the transition successful.

“Electrification is the biggest technology shift the automotive industry has experienced in over 100 years and will substantially affect those working in it. It’s vital, then, that the inquiry considers the requirements of Australia’s automotive workforce of around 380,000 people as motorists transition to this new technology,” said Gwilym.

“MTAA recommends a strategic approach to transition and that the federal government allocates adequate resources, including funds for upskilling the automotive workforce, to ensure its success.”

Submissions providing recommendations relating to any or all of the inquiry terms of reference close on 22 March 2024.