- Second-hand electric cars and home EV charging infrastructure are the newest additions
- Scheme covers solar panels, batteries, efficient electric appliances and zero-emission vehicles
- Cost of the entire scheme is $150 million
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has announced the addition of second-hand electric vehicles and home EV charging infrastructure to the Sustainable Household Scheme.
Under the scheme, which costs $150 million, Canberran households can access up to $15,000 to purchase solar panels, batteries, efficient electric appliances and zero-emission vehicles.
The ACT Government hopes the addition of EV infrastructure and used electric vehicles will encourage more Canberrans to consider purchasing a zero-emissions vehicle.
“These new additions focus on helping Canberrans to try new, sustainable transport options– and they assist in making them more affordable,” said Emissions Reduction Minister Shane Rattenbury.
“Including second-hand electric vehicles helps ensure it’s not just people who can afford a brand new car who benefit from government incentives. It’s an important equity issue, and it helps bring the cheaper running costs of EVs to more people, as well as improving air quality for everyone
“The infrastructure you need to charge an EV at home can put people off getting their own EV, so we’re pleased to be making these upgrades eligible for interest-free loans, too.”
Also announced was zero-cost vehicle registration for second-hand electric vehicles purchased in the Territory for two years. New electric vehicles already have free registration for two years.
Andrew Barr, the ACT Chief Minister, who is also the Minister for Climate Action, said he believes more Canberrans should benefit from the zero net emission future in the Territory.
“The Sustainable Household Scheme is designed to help more Canberrans access the financial and environmental benefits that come from rooftop solar panels, household battery storage, more efficient appliances and electric vehicles.
“The ACT Government will continue to do the heavy lifting in taking action on climate change by reducing emissions from our public transport fleet and investing in the Big Canberra Battery.”