The Federal Government is ready to announce today a plan to reduce vehicle emissions

The Federal Government is expected to announce this morning the first step in a motor vehicle emissions reduction plan that will shape the cars Australians drive in the future.

The Federal Government is expected to announce a plan this morning to start work on a motor vehicle emissions reduction scheme that would more closely align Australia with world best practice.

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen is expected to host a press conference this morning to formally open a consultation with the auto industry to present a framework of achievable emissions reduction targets.

As it stands, the Australian auto industry for the past three consecutive years has failed to meet its own voluntary emissions reduction targets.

Australia’s current motor vehicle emissions standards are about a decade behind Europe’s, partly due to the dirtier fuel in the Bowser.

But with cleaner gasoline just around the corner, the Federal Government is ready to take the next steps and mandate emissions reduction targets for motor vehicles.

The auto industry is divided on the changes, even though both sides of the electric car debate agree that a pollution reduction mandate is warranted.

Electric car lobby group the Electric Vehicle Council of Australia, funded by energy providers, charging networks and a handful of car companies, wants to ban petrol and diesel vehicles and force nearly all australians go electric in the middle of the next decade.

However, the industry’s main body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, which represents all automakers, says any future government emissions reduction mandate should leave no motorist behind and cater for a variety of uses. of vehicles and our love of the outdoors.

While the electric car lobby wants to kill off gasoline and diesel cars, the auto industry insists that governments give consumers the choice that best suits their needs.

If electric cars are too expensive, or don’t meet the needs of a significant number of buyers, motorists are more likely to stick with older, more polluting and less safe vehicles.

The world’s largest automaker by volume: Toyota – says a range of new fuel-saving petrol and diesel technologies could also help cut emissions.

The Japanese car giant says that if the goal is to reduce emissions, then giving consumers a range of choices is better than driving them by rail to purely electric vehicles.

Europe has one of the most stringent emissions reduction programs in the world, but in recent months the global auto industry has called for an extension or rethinking of its introduction as it has become apparent that the rise of electric cars will take longer. time, and will be more expensive, than anticipated.

Joshua Dowling has been a motorsports journalist for over 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motorsports editor and an early member of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice/Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for over 10 years.

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