The first vehicle that’s been fitted with the state’s “first car for the car culture” is set to roll off the assembly line this morning.
Key points:The state has created the first state-of-the-art fleet of electric vehiclesThe car is the result of more than $2 billion in investment over the past decadeThe first vehicle will be delivered by the end of 2018, but a rollout is expected to take several yearsOnce a vehicle is delivered, it will be fitted with a number of systems including cameras, lasers and radar.
The first phase of the program will include the purchase of 1,000 EVs, which will be equipped with a range of technology to ensure the vehicle is safe for the road.
This is a major step forward in the State’s car program, which has been a key part of the Government’s vision for sustainable mobility.
The first vehicles will be available to the community by the beginning of the next financial year, with the first being delivered in 2021.
What’s behind the initiative?
The State Government is investing more than half a billion dollars in the development of the state-built EV fleet over the next 10 years, with a major focus on boosting the uptake of electric cars.
In a statement, Premier Mark McGowan said it was a “bold” plan to “revolutionise the way people live and drive”.
“This will be the first car for all people to own and drive, and we know it will bring many benefits to our communities and economy, such as more jobs, more economic growth and less pollution,” he said.
“I want to thank the State Government and the car industry for their hard work to achieve this result.”
The program will also see the state provide funding for up to 600 new cars per year, in an effort to increase the number of people on the road to 500,000 by 2021.
The program is set on the basis of the State-of‑the-Art Car Culture Model, which is an investment strategy designed to increase emissions reduction and reduce the carbon footprint of cars.
The model was developed by the Australian Automobile Association and the Australian Council for Industry and Commerce, which was established by the Government in 2007 to identify innovative approaches to climate change.
Car culture is a movement to encourage people to drive more, and is seen as one of the key drivers of emissions reduction.
Mr McGowan described it as a “tough and smart” approach to reducing emissions, which he said was part of his commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.
“There are other approaches to this, but we believe we can do it, and that’s what we’re doing,” he told 7.30.
More than half of the vehicles in the fleet will be electric, and are expected to be ready for public use by the time the first vehicle is rolled out in 2021, the State said.
Mr McGowen said the State was committed to “bringing these vehicles to the market in a manner that provides them with the safety and reliability that the community expects”.
The new vehicle will have a range from 0-60km/h in just 3.8 seconds, and be able to go from 0 to 100km/hr in just 2.8.
For those who have been waiting for a vehicle like this to roll-off the line, it is expected the State will be one of only a few states that offer the same level of services for an electric vehicle.
The State has also committed to delivering a number, including a driverless car, a fleet of high-tech cars and a vehicle for the disabled.
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