Until very recently in Australia, unlike other OECD countries, there was no incentive at any level of government to buy electric cars.
Of course, there is a high threshold for green cars before the federal government imposes a luxury car tax, but this applies to any vehicle with fuel efficiency below 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers, and it cannot really be called an electric car (EV) incentive.
Update: This story originally ran in March of this year, but we’ve updated it to reflect recent policy announcements.
However, over the past few years Australian state governments have announced measures to encourage the transfer of EV ownership. Those who are lucky enough to live in ‘right’ conditions can save thousands of dollars.
Below is a look at each state’s consumer-oriented initiatives and their impact on the prices of Australia’s most popular electric vehicles.
Australian Capital Territory
Until the New South Wales policy announcement in 2021, the ACT claimed it had the most generous incentives.
The new EVs are exempt from stamp duty, equivalent to about $ 2700 for a $ 60,000 car that emits more than 221g of CO2 per kilometer.
All electric vehicles purchased at ACT, new or used, are exempt from registration costs for two years.
The ACT also has a sustainable family scheme that will provide zero-interest loans of between 2000 and $ 15,000 to eligible families to help them advance the cost of investing in energy-efficient upgrades, including zero-emission vehicles.
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New South Wales
In direct dollar terms, the NSW is now definitely leading the stimulus. Like ACT, new and used EVs (less than $ 78,000) are exempt from stamp duty.
In addition, the first 25,000 electric cars sold below $ 68,750 attracted a 3000 discount on purchase price.
In addition to these incentives, more than $ 170 million was spent on infrastructure charges in New South Wales.
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Queensland has joined several other states in announcing a policy designed to increase adoption of electric vehicles.
Beginning in July 2022 and lasting three years, Queensland electric car buyers To be eligible for a 3000 subsidy For any new electric vehicle priced below $ 58,000.
This $ 45 million scheme will add another $ 10 million to be spent on infrastructure charges.
This adds to the previously established lower registration and stamp duty costs for electric vehicles, as well as the earlier construction of the ‘Electric Vehicle Superhighway’, designed to provide high-speed charging stations at optimal intervals along the length of the state’s east coast.
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The new electric and hydrogen vehicle (below $ 68,740) attracts a 000 3000 subsidy.
More than 20,000 will be subsidized under the current scheme, with the first batch numbering 4,000. Victoria has an electric car infrastructure package valued at 19 million.
Although there is no stamp duty exemption, Victoria has a flat stamp duty for electric vehicles regardless of purchase price. Owners of electric cars pay $ 8.40 per বাজার 200 market price, which is equivalent to an internal-combustion car below $ 69,152.
Conventional-powered luxury vehicles offer a market value of up to $ 18 per $ 200 for more than $ 150,000.
You could say this is an incentive, but only if you are lucky enough to ride a Porsche and choose between a Panamera.
Finally, all EVOs registered in Victoria will receive a 100 discount on their annual registration.
Unlike all other states, Victoria has already started charging EV drivers 2.5 cents per kilometer (2.0 cents for plug-in hybrids) road user charges whereas in NSW and SA such charges will not start till 2027.
Victorian EV motorists can expect to participate with $ 250 if they typically cover 10,000km per year.
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South Australia offers $ 3,000 discount on the first 7,000 new battery-electric vehicles below $ 68,750, including GST.
Protesters and used cars are not eligible for this scheme. The new battery-electric car with the same 68,750. GST is also eligible for a three-year free registration fee, although other insurance-related charges may apply.
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New and used electric vehicles are exempt from stamp duty, which will save about $ 2400 from the on-road value of a $ 60,000 car.
There is also a two-year free registration for EVs used for rental purposes, covering both private ride-sharing operators and rental companies.
Tasmania is spending $ 600,000 to expand its DC public fast charging network.
Kingdom of the North
The NT government has announced measures in 2021, which will take effect in mid-2022, to promote EV Uptech.
No discount, but যান 1500 stamp duty exemption for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids with a range of more than 50 km until mid-2027. The state will provide free registration until mid-2027.
There will also be some investment in charging facilities, although it is not yet clear what form it will take.
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The Western Australian Government recently announced an electric vehicle (EV) support package with a 3,500 discount for buyers costing less than $ 70,000.
The title of the WA announcement is the ‘Clean Energy Car Fund’ which will include করা 36.5 million in taxpayer dollars for up to 00 3,500 10,000 rebates for Western Australians to purchase a new EV or Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle (FCEV). Up to $ 70,000 worth.
WA announced in 2021 a 45-station, $ 21 million EV charging network extending from the northern Kununura to Perth and to the regional centers of Esperance and Kalgurli.
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What is the price of the most popular electric car in Australia in each state?
What does all this mean for the bottom line?
Below are the ‘Drive Away’ figures (with any discounts) on the least expensive trim configuration of the most popular variant of the Model 3 sedan. Prices include Tesla’s recent mid-March price increase.
The biggest variable (after any discount) is the amount of stamp duty behind the difference between the states. Stamp duty is non-existent or negligible in the cheaper states, and the value of Western Australia reflects its status as a stamp duty heavyweight so that buyers are hit with more than $ 4000 in tariffs.
- Australian Capital Territory: 62,255
- New South Wales: $ 63,694
- Northern Territory: কেন 68,345 if purchased before July 2022, $ 66,649 after July 1, 2022
- South Australia: $ 65,883
- Tasmania: $ 66,201
- Victoria: $ 66,361
- Queensland: $ 67,664
- Western Australia: 70,876
The figures above include drive-away, and all relevant rebate and stamp duty reductions. Some rebates may need to be claimed after purchase
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