Plug for electric tax help
Tax breaks could help green cars, writes NEIL McDONALD
THE man who wants to put plug-in electric cars in Australian garages reckons buyers need incentives. Mitsubishi Motors Australia boss Robert McEniry is urging federal and state governments to back all-electric cars, which are already in use in many countries.
McEniry’s views have gained some support from the car industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The chamber’s chief executive, Andrew McKellar, says the electric vehicle question ‘‘is clearly on our agenda’’ but shies away from promoting any tax incentives for buyers.
‘‘We’d much prefer to see the marketplace dictate how these cars go,’’ he says.
McKellar says electric vehicles face hurdles including infrastructure development, and believes green tax incentives and parking incentives would accelerate buyer interest.
Next month Mitsubishi Australia will bring in two plug-in i-MIEV cars for evaluation, and Subaru is also showing one of its electric cars.
McEniry says the company wants to be a leader with zero-emission cars.
‘‘A lot of people are talking about them but we want to take a leadership position with this new technology,’’ he says.
Mitsubishi Australia has wasted little time in securing the all-electric i-MIEV four-seater for evaluation. The car is due to go on sale in Japan soon, and locally as early as next year. It is likely to cost more than $25,000.
Subaru is also testing the local market, bringing in the Stella EV car in for appraisal before the Melbourne Motor Show.
McEniry says the i-MIEV will be shown to state and local governments and green companies, and it will be part of Mitsubishi’s Melbourne Motor Show display, which starts on February 27.