Australia risks being left behind in petrol-fuelled 'parallel world' as other countries embrace electric cars

(The Guardian, 18 Feb 2021) Morrison government’s inaction is driving away chance to build a new low-emissions economy, industry experts say.

Australia risks being left in a “parallel world” with petrol cars as the rest of the world turns to electric vehicles in an effort reduce carbon emissions.

As Ford announced that all its cars sold in Europe would be electric by 2030, industry experts warned Australia faces an uphill struggle to catch up with other nations in preparation for the phasing out of the internal combustion engine.

Australia’s lack of incentives to encourage more people to buy electric vehicles is also driving away potentially billions of dollars worth of investment and the chance to build a new low-emissions economy, they said.

“It’s like we’re in a parallel world where manufacturers are having these big targets but countries like Australia are not keeping up,” said Behyad Jafari of the Electric Vehicle Council.

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The Guardian, 18 Feb 2021: Australia risks being left behind in petrol-fuelled 'parallel world' as other countries embrace electric cars