Page 922 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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We are sharing the learnings from the government fleet transition through the fleet advisory service, which was established last year. This free service provides business owners with tailored advice to transition their fleets to zero emissions vehicles. Many smaller businesses are time poor, and this onsite advice factors in business operations, charging needs and home charging. The service also keeps business owners across new commercial models that are available in the market that may suit their business needs.

Looking to the year ahead, we will work to deliver the remaining eight nearer-term actions. In public charging, a streamlined licence application process for EV charging stations on public land will assist EV charging network operators to deploy chargers more easily in the ACT. Grant funding this year and in 2024 will support the rapid deployment of a network of publicly available EV chargers that Canberrans can rely upon.

EV charging in multi-unit developments is a challenging prospect for apartment dwellers. This year, we will enact a regulation in the new Territory Plan to require electric vehicle charging infrastructure for new multi-unit residential and commercial buildings.

Government will explore a range of options to enable existing multi-unit developments to become EV ready, ensuring that as many residents as possible have the opportunity to charge their EV at home when they are ready to make the change. This will make the decision easier for residents of units to purchase an EV, by providing the confidence that they can charge their vehicle at home.

The ACT government will continue to lead the way in its own fleet transition. Funding and technical expertise will be provided to all directorates to complete the passenger vehicle transition and begin the transition of the government’s light commercial fleet. A strategic plan will be developed that will accurately estimate the cost of the transition of ACT government depots to support EV charging and will allow for collaboration across government to ensure that the transition is effective and efficient.

Commercial vehicle demonstration projects will enable the trialling of commercial vehicles ahead of wider adoption to ensure that they are fit for purpose to enable government to deliver its vital services. These demonstration projects will support the wider commercial sector by building the evidence base and providing confidence that light commercial EVs are fit for purpose and meet the needs of many business operations.

I acknowledge the Zero Emissions Vehicles Strategy implementation team and the many colleagues from across government who have been involved in the development and delivery of this nation-leading strategy. I am confident that, by continuing to work closely with the community, businesses and the zero emissions vehicles sector, we can deliver a smooth transition to zero emissions vehicles that will deliver lasting benefits to all Canberrans.

I present the following paper:

Zero emissions vehicles strategy update—Ministerial statement, 30 March 2023.

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