The environmental and running cost benefits of owning an electric vehicle (EV) motivated Bill Maclean to make the switch about a year ago, but the lack of availability was a serious barrier.
“There’s a big backlog trying to get certain EVs,” the South Coogee man said. “Where as now we (Randwik LGA residents) have the advantage of the vehicles being delivered earlier than what we would be able to get if we were going alone."
A federal plan to cut the price of electric vehicles is heading for a stand-off in parliament after Liberal and Nationals MP warned about the $4.5 billion cost of the scheme over a decade.
The move threatens a government plan to scrap import tariffs and give buyers an exemption from fringe benefits tax as long as the electric vehicle costs less than $85,000.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers wants to offer the tax breaks as soon as possible and back-date them for purchases made since July 1 but has had to wait for a Senate inquiry into the plan before putting the bill to a final vote.