The FCAI has acknowledged the passing of the new Motor Vehicles (Electric Vehicle Levy) Amendment Bill 2021 which was passed by the South Australian Parliament on 29 October 2021.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the $22.7 million package of support in the Bill would provide the strategy to grow electric vehicle uptake in South Australia.

“This Bill will set the course for the continued growth of electric vehicles in South Australia through continued infrastructure investment, tax relief and consumer incentives. The South Australian Government has recognised the shift in consumer preferences towards EVs and has introduced policies to fuel this growth,” Mr Weber said.

The package, which builds on the $18.3 million Electric Vehicle Action Plan announced as part of the 2020-21 State Budget, will provide a three-year registration fee exemption for electric vehicles purchased prior to 30 June 2025. A $3,000 subsidy for the first 7,000 battery-electric vehicles purchased following the passage of the Bill is also on offer.

“The relief from State taxes and charges in addition to the purchasing subsidy provides EV buyers with what is extremely low-cost mobility for the first three years of ownership,” Mr Weber said.

The FCAI also noted the commitment to introduce a road user charge (RUC) for electric vehicles from 2027 onwards, which aligned with the Chamber’s position of scrapping inefficient and antiquated taxes and charges such as the luxury car tax and vehicle registration.

We look forward to working alongside all States and territories to bring broad-based, fleet-wide road user charge schemes to reality,” Mr Weber added.


About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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