Automakers from Australia criticize Federal Government for Zero Understanding
Automakers from Australia openly criticized federal government for “not understanding” the automotive sector completely, especially in dealing with green technologies and pointed on industry minister Ian Macfarlane for not possessing enough policy foresight. In a disclosed letter from Richard Emery, the chief of Nissan Australia, criticized government’s incapability for not understanding long-term benefits and instinctive comments about the industry. The criticism is a response followed by Macfarlane’s recent comments pointing out the role of electric cars in future Australian automotive sector.
Macfarlane commented, “There is no doubt that electric and hydrogen technology is a transitioning technology,” “In terms of where we’re going long term you need a vehicle that’s flexible, gives the necessary range – the hydrogen vehicle is the only one that satisfies the criteria. “Electric vehicles will play a role, how much of a roll we’ll see, but hydrogen strikes me as the fuel of the future.” in an exclusive interview to Fairfax Media. Richard Emery denotes Macfarlane’s comments undermined efforts made by car manufacturers in introducing electric cars on Australian roads with no dependence on government incentives. Nissan is one of the car makers that have plod on with its electric leaf despite slow take up.
Electric vehicles haven’t picked up much in Australian market in the same way as in other markets across the globe due to consumers dependence on longer travel distances, past year have seen just 1135 electric cars been rolled in the country out of total 1.1 million new vehicles. Emery pointed at the “government’s lack of understanding” on automotive technology, frustrated with the way Australian government treat the automotive sector, by considering free importation of new and used vehicles into Australian Soil.
Despite Minister’s concerns about Australia falling behind European Union and other countries in maintaining vehicle emission standards, it still discourages the automotive industry, which has been leading the way adopting green technologies in the new cars for the Australian market. Emery states,”There’s something to cheer with some of the new vehicles introduced recently can overcome environmental challenges posed in this country, with right support of the government, there would more scope for improvement”.
It’s not just leftover with Nissan but also luxury car manufacturers like BMW Australia has echoed criticism against the Government for not showing any interest in development of Green Car initiative. As per the press release of BMW, Government is not willing to support the automotive industry by reducing tax and providing incentives to the buyers. The present government took a step in providing incentives for fuel efficient luxury cars under the Luxury Car Tax, so that Tax threshold is raised for $75,375 for the vehicles not exceeding 7L/100Km fuel usage. The standard threshold for other vehicles, payable at a rate of 33 Cents a dollar sums up $61,884.
Tesla, for example has backed off its plans to in setting up electric charging stations from Brisbane to Melbourne, it intends government to pour more incentives on Green technology, to make it economically viable for the consumers and would show positive results in Australia.
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