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NEW model commissioned by the Climate Council and Electric Vehicle Council shows Australians could personally save up to $1,200pa in vehicle operating costs if the federal government introduced strong fuel efficiency standards strong.

The analysis commissioned exclusively by the economic consulting firm Mandala Partners found that Australians could collectively share a net benefit of up to $13.6 billion by 2035 from reduced vehicle operating costs, while enjoying “cleaner air and less environmental damage”. more school”.

Crucially, the Climate Council and the Electric Vehicle Council say the fuel-efficient standards will help reduce up to 31 million tonnes of harmful pollution over the next decade and rapidly increase the number of vehicles with emissions. low and zero are available for purchase.

Dr Jennifer Rayner, Climate Council’s chief advocacy officer, said: “This model highlights that an efficient fuel economy standard would provide a huge benefit to Australians given the cost of running the vehicle. cheaper convenience, while reducing pollution and climate damage from transportation emissions.

“This means Australians can keep more of their hard-earned money, instead of seeing it quickly run out when it comes to gas.

“Australia cannot continue to be a dumping ground for expensive, polluting vehicles that damage our wallets, our health and the environment. Every day we wait to introduce fuel efficiency standards means Australians are paying more than they should for fuel and emitting more harmful pollution.”

Dr Rayner said Australia was falling behind as one of the only wealthy countries that lacked reliable fuel economy standards, which already account for 80 per cent of the global auto market.

She said the Australian government could help unlock a range of benefits by introducing fuel economy standards that would put Australia on a solid path towards zero-emissions fleets; suitable for other automotive markets such as New Zealand, the United States and Europe; provide real emissions reductions from new cars sold in Australia; and it’s both mandatory and legal.

Joining Dr Rayner, Climate Council member and energy expert, Greg Bourne, said Australia must adopt a reliable fuel economy standard as soon as possible to avoid future harm from vehicles will likely be on our roads for another decade or so.

Mr Bourne said: “Australian drivers will win with strong fuel economy standards – whether they are buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle or an electric vehicle.

“These standards are an important policy lever that the federal government can use to help us catch up with the rest of the world, but the benefits will only be as good as the strength of the policy that we can afford.” perform.

“The government can get Australia out of the quagmire and implement fuel efficiency standards.

“This will help accelerate supply and stimulate discounts on the low and zero emissions vehicles that Australian drivers can choose from. It will also deliver the widespread benefits of cleaner air, cheaper operating costs and fewer emissions that we can all share,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the Electric Vehicle Council, CEO Behyad Jafari said new research shows that a well-designed efficiency standard is crucial to allowing consumers access to an existing fleet of vehicles. greater.

He said: “A well-designed new vehicle performance standard is crucial if we are to end Australia’s reputation as a dumping ground for aging, high-emission vehicles.

“A strong standard will allow us to catch up with the rest of the developed world, where we can finally embrace greener, cheaper, more efficient cars. Keeping the status quo is not only damaging to the environment, but also costly.

“This study demonstrates the simple fact that globally competitive automotive performance standards save drivers money. Under the new standard of vehicle efficiency, lower operating costs and increased competition will reduce the total cost of both efficient electric and internal combustion vehicles by thousands of dollars.

“It is clear that a strong standard will enhance the performance of new vehicles, increase the supply of electric vehicles, reduce CO2 emissions, provide health benefits by reducing air pollution and save money for the public. driver.

“We encourage the federal government to develop a mandatory competitive performance standard so that Australians can reap these benefits as soon as possible,” he concluded.

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