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Motor vehicles



Working paper

The barriers and potential enablers of electric vehicle uptake in Australia

Electric vehicles will play an important role in the transition to net zero. This working paper outlines findings from a recent survey of 2000 Australians, which sought to better understand the barriers and enablers for Australians to switch from vehicles with an internal combustion engine...
Briefing paper

Race to zero emissions: who's the cleanest of them all?

As the Australian government develops its National Electric Vehicle Strategy and considers introducing fuel efficiency standards, the Climate Council has taken a look under the hood to find out where top selling car makers rank in the race to zero emissions.
Policy report

Under the hood: the truth about Toyota

The Australian government is currently considering the introduction of fuel efficiency standards regulating climate pollution from cars, which would ensure wider choice of more efficient and zero emissions vehicles for Australian consumers. Based on information contained in this report, Greenpeace Australia Pacific holds there is...
Report

The Grattan truck plan: practical policies for cleaner freight

The authors of this report argue that old trucks should be banned from Sydney and Melbourne, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce Australians’ exposure to deadly air pollution, and that government should rescind pointless regulations which limit the range of less-polluting trucks available...
Discussion paper

Fuelling efficiency

Fuel efficiency standards in Australia have been recommended by two separate government inquiries, committed to by multiple governments but never adopted, and recommended in multiple government reports stretching back over a decade. This paper argues that introducing fleet fuel efficiency standards would reduce transport emissions...
Policy report

The regulatory framework for automated vehicles in Australia: February 2022

The purpose of this paper is to present the end-to-end regulatory framework for the commercial deployment of automated vehicles in Australia.
Report

Rebuilding vehicle manufacturing in Australia: industrial opportunities in an electrified future

This paper suggests that Australia’s natural resource endowments and industrial capabilities make electric vehicle (EV) industry development a viable economic and social strategy. The author argues that a moral obligation to create a sustainable future makes it essential public policy.
Report

The Grattan car plan: practical policies for cleaner transport and better cities

According to this report there’s a proven way to reduce carbon emissions and unhealthy pollutants, without dictating to anybody what car they can drive. Australia should adopt an emissions standard, or ceiling, for new light vehicles, applied across the offering of each manufacturer, just like...
Report

National Energy Emissions Audit: September 2021

This issue starts with an update in the NEEA estimate of changes in Australia’s total energy combustion emissions up to the end of June 2021. This is followed by a short section on recent trends in the emissions efficiency of new vehicles.
Report

Towards net zero: practical policies to reduce transport emissions

The transport sector is responsible for nearly 20 per cent of Australia’s emissions, and more than 60 per cent of transport emissions are from light vehicles. This report argues that the best policy response would be for the Australian government to introduce an economy-wide emissions...
Report

The challenge of decarbonizing heavy transport

The transportation sector is responsible for about one-quarter of global GHG emissions and emissions are growing, even in the developed world where other emissions are generally flat. The challenge of decarbonising this sector is global, but this paper focuses on policy options in the United...
Report

Insights into contemporary young offender behaviour in Victoria

This report presents the findings from the first qualitative study of a sample of 15 Victorian young people who were serving a custodial sentence in a youth justice facility for violent motor vehicle offence(s). The research aims to understand young people’s backgrounds and motivations for...
Discussion paper

Government access to vehicle-generated data: discussion paper

This discussion paper examines opportunities that governments and the community may derive from enhanced access to vehicle-generated data. The paper considers the costs, benefits, issues and barriers of access. It identifies three problems that need to be addressed to achieve access to and use of...
Report

Autonomous vehicle implementation predictions: implications for transport planning

This report explores autonomous (also called self-driving, driverless or robotic) vehicle benefits and costs, and implications for various planning issues.
Briefing paper

Carbon dioxide emissions intensity for new Australian light vehicles 2018

This information paper provides detailed data on the carbon dioxide emissions intensity performance of new passenger and light commercial vehicles sold in Australia during 2018.
Report

Shifting from car ownership to car usership: final report

This research takes a in-depth look at the relationship people have with cars and their willingness to move away from a relationship of personal ownership.
Report

Vehicle CO2 emissions legislation in Australia – a brief history in an international context

This study has conducted a review of the latest international developments in relation to CO2 emission standards for motor vehicles, and has made an assessment of on-road and real-world CO2 emission rates from the Australian on-road car fleet.
Discussion paper

Filling legislative gaps in automated vehicles

This paper provides an overview of recent legislative trends to legalise automated vehicles (AV) operations, and explores possible challenges the community pursuing AV deployment will have to address, particularly by focusing on the non-technological aspects.
Discussion paper

Driving Norse: electric vehicle policies in Norway

In Norway, the number of new car registrations that are EVs is now over 50%. Norway’s success has been driven by government leadership, creating a policy environment to drive a large-scale and sustainable shift to EV use. There are lessons here for Australia.
Discussion paper

A risk-based approach to regulating heavy vehicles

This paper explores the regulatory style and structure of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and presents a model for thinking about ‘how’ to regulate the use of heavy vehicles based on risk.