The automotive industry currently faces a period of massive disruption with 2022 identified as the tipping point for technological changes to take full effect. The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) has announced that it fully supports the Federal Government’s announcement that it will back the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in Australia.
On May 22, the Minister for Energy and Environment Josh Frydenberg announced a $390,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) supporting the introduction of electric and hybrid vehicles in the Australian market.
In preparation for the oncoming automotive disruption, the Electric Vehicle Council’s chairman Behyad Jafari has expressed the need to address the barriers preventing the uptake of electric vehicles with a consistent and collaborative effort needed by a range of sectors. MTA Queensland says it looks forward to working closely with the Electric Vehicle Council to ensure that key policy measures, such as incentivising electric vehicle purchase and establishing a roadmap for national public charging infrastructure, remain topical.
Group CEO of MTA Queensland Dr Brett Dale said: “From a global perspective, it’s clear that electric and hybrid vehicles are the way of the future and it’s pleasing to see the Australian Government taking the correct steps to support the uptake that Australia will experience.
“With electric, hybrid and low-emission vehicles tipped as the next big thing to hit vehicle transportation in Australia, now is the right time for the Australian Government to put its support behind this technological and environmentally sound future.
“The technological disruption that the motor trades face brings enormous opportunity for innovation and offers an environmentally sustainable future through the introduction of low emission vehicles,” he said.