The FCAI, Australia’s peak National, State and Territory automotive representative
organisations have reached a historic agreement at an Industry Summit on critical
positions and pathways to achieve the considered and practical transition and
electrification of the national motor vehicle fleet.

Representing thousands of businesses that make, sell, distribute, provide novated leasing,
service, repair, supply aftermarket parts, components, and accessories, dismantle,
recycle, and train tens of thousands of automotive professionals, the peak organisations
developed and agreed to more than 25 principles including:

Embracing the electrification of the Australian motor vehicle fleet. Mandating CO2 targets,
not Electric Vehicles targets.

Supporting the Federal Government in developing a National Zero and Low Emission
Vehicle (ZLEV) Electrification Transition Strategy.

Considering the entire registered vehicle fleet and the needs and requirements of
Australians who own and operate them.

Maintaining the safety, security, service, repair, and efficiency of the legacy Internal
Combustion Engine fleet.

Opposing the introduction of bans that limit consumer choice and remove options for
meeting car owners’ needs and Australia’s emission reduction targets.

Ensuring Government targets and milestones are ideally Federally led (or at least
nationally consistent), are realistic, supported by facts and sound qualitative data, and
applied to an Australian context.

The organisations welcomed and congratulated the Albanese Labor Government for its
decisive action in fulfilling its Fringe Benefits Tax exemption for Electric Vehicles promise.
The legislation was in the first batch of 13 Bills introduced to the Parliament and will
encourage the uptake of EVs once passed.

Automotive Organisation leaders shared and discussed comprehensive global and
domestic data analysis on the future production and delivery of ZLEVs past 2030
(particularly to the Australian market); impacts and use of targets, milestones, incentives,
subsidies, and penalties; jobs and skills; tariffs and taxation; fuel standards and security;
legacy fleet management and maintenance; and awareness and education.

Over the coming weeks, the automotive organisations will engage with stakeholders,
governments, and communities and share critical data and information to better balance
discussion and partner with the Commonwealth Government to plan the actions necessary
to reduce motor vehicle-sourced CO2 and GHG emissions.

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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