With the State of Victoria's announcement of road user charging (RUC) for electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) there have been quite some claims from various circles about how allegedly damaging RUC could be for sales of such vehicles.
According to The Guardian:
A coalition of car manufacturers, industry groups, infrastructure companies and environmentalists have branded the Victorian government’s proposed electric vehicle tax the “worst electric vehicle policy in the world”.
The more recent announcement about incentives to purchase EVs should help ameliorate this concern, but it remains a moot point as to whether RUC actually disincentivises purchases of EVs.
The incentives package is as follows:
- Subsidies for 20,000 EVs to be purchased, of up to A$3,000 per vehicle for vehicles priced under A$69,000;
- A$19m to be spent on EV charging infrastructure across regional Victoria;
- A$20m for a zero-emissions bus trial;
- A$10m to purchase 400 new ZEVs for the State's own fleet;
- A$5m for a Commercial Sector ZEV Innovation Fund; and
- A$298k for a study on "EV-readiness" in new buildings.