Grattan Institute think tank wants to ban new petrol and diesel cars in Australia by 2035

Why your car could be ILLEGAL by 2035 as part of a plan to scrap gas stations as part of a radical climate change plan

  • Grattan Institute think tank wants to ban brand new petrol and diesel cars by 2035
  • Only 526 all-electric cars were sold in June, of the 110,664 that left the showroom
  • The Nissan Leaf is Australia’s cheapest all-electric car with prices starting at $50,000

Brand new petrol-powered cars could be illegal by 2035 as traditional gas stations are closed under a radical climate change plan.

The Grattan Institute has called for phasing out internal combustion engine cars within 14 years, at least as brand new vehicles.

They argued that this was the only way Australia could have net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as promised by the United States, Japan, South Korea and the UK.

Brand-new gasoline-powered cars (like the Mustang, pictured) could be illegal by 2035 as traditional gas stations close under a radical climate change plan. The Grattan Institute thinks internal combustion engine cars should be phased out within 14 years, at least as brand new vehicles

Electric cars are barely popular despite the environmental benefits, with just 526 sold in June of the 110,664 that left showrooms last month for a minuscule 0.5 percent market share, data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows.

Tesla, the only electric car manufacturer with showrooms in Australia, does not share its sales data.

Cars with no tailpipe emissions are pricey, starting at $50,000 for a Nissan Leaf and going up to $200,000 for the new Porsche Taycan.

Despite this, the Grattan Institute report by Tony Wood, Alison Reeve and James Ha said brand new petrol cars should be banned by 2035 so that Australia would have far less polluting cars by 2050.

“If new petrol and diesel vehicles continue to be sold in the 2030s and 2040s, the fleet will be far from zero-emissions by 2050 unless government policies or a lack of petrol/diesel refueling sites ensure that they are scrapped before the end of their lives,” they said.

As gas stations disappear, the Grattan Institute wants to install more electric charging stations in street parking spaces and in apartment complexes.

Electric cars are barely popular despite the environmental benefits, with just 526 sold in June of the 110,664 that left showrooms last month for a minuscule 0.5 percent market share, data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows.

Electric cars are barely popular despite the environmental benefits, with just 526 sold in June of the 110,664 that left showrooms last month for a minuscule 0.5 percent market share, data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows.

The think tank also calls for a 5 percent cut in import tariffs and an end to the luxury car tax on electric cars and government fleets of electric cars, making them more affordable in the used car market.

Infrastructure Victoria wants petrol and diesel cars to be banned in Australia by 2030. The state government’s proposal aims to make electric vehicles cheaper, following similar goals set by the European Union and the UK.

Cars with petrol and diesel engines still dominate the sales charts, but the Toyota RAV4 hybrid made history last August as the first ever petrol-electric car to top the monthly sales charts.

Tesla, the only electric car manufacturer with showrooms in Australia, does not share its sales data.  Pictured is a Model S

Tesla, the only electric car manufacturer with showrooms in Australia, does not share its sales data. Pictured is a Model S

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