House Committee launches investigation into future of EV battery manufacturing in Australia

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A House of Representatives committee has launched an inquiry into Australia’s transition to electric vehicles (EV) and the future of EV battery manufacturing in the country. 

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment, and Water seeks to explore the necessary resources, systems, and infrastructure for the EV transition, as well as the impacts of moving away from traditional vehicles. 

Committee Chair Tony Zapia said the inquiry will also look into various opportunities such as fuel savings and affordability for residents in outer regions to make the EV shift beneficial for everyone. 

“Australian motorists are increasingly choosing EVs when purchasing a new car. The percentage of EVs sold is growing every year, moving to 7.2 per cent of all new cars sold in 2023 up from less than 3 per cent in 2022,” Zapia said. 

“Our focus will also be on the future of EV battery manufacturing, and we will consider challenges on electricity consumption and demand and our limited EV supply compared to other countries.” 

Furthermore, the committee will also examine the impact of the EV transition on electricity consumption and demand, as well as the effects of Australia’s limited EV supply compared to peer countries. 

Written submissions providing recommendations related to inquiry terms will be accepted until 22 March. 

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