In the report 'South Australia's Climate Change Challenge and Opportunity' Ross Garnaut states:

“Transport is South Australia’s largest source of emissions, mostly from road transport.  Electrification of road transport is the biggest opportunity to reduce domestic emissions.  This will be helped by the low cost of renewable electricity.”

Electric Vehicles

The South Australian Government’s Electric Vehicle Action Plan will lead electric vehicle uptake and smart charging, harnessing our abundant renewable energy to lower motoring costs, air, noise and carbon pollution.

The State’s EV Plan contains actions to make electric vehicles the common choice for motorists by 2030, and the default choice by 2035.

The EV Plan includes private sector partnerships and investment to develop a state-wide network of smart charging stations.

Leading by example, the State Government is transitioning its fleet of 6,800 cars to Electric Vehicles:

  • 56.7% of vehicles in its passenger and light commercial fleet are classed as low emission vehicles
  • An additional 27% of fleet vehicles are hybrid electric and 1% are plug-in electric (October 2021).

The State’s EV Plan provides for:

  • Investment to create a Statewide EV charging network to give consumers confidence they can go the distance.
  • Investment in EV smart charging trials to demonstrate how smart two-way charging solutions can strengthen our electricity system.
  • Advocating for a national producer responsibility scheme for batteries, and pursue battery reuse and recycling.
  • Building partnerships with local governments and business to transform their fleets to EV’s through the Fleet Pledge Program.
  • Working with industry to identify hydrogen refuelling stations to support heavy freight with Fuel Cell EV charging.

South Australia is a signatory to the COP26 declaration on accelerating the transition to 100% zero emission cars and vans.

The State’s Electric Vehicle Action Plan also provides for a staged transition of the State’s public transport fleet to align with South Australia’s net zero emissions target.

The Government is supporting zero‑emissions technology development for bus manufacturing within South Australia.