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==Issue: Hybrids are cost prohibitive for most Australians== ==Issue: Hybrids are cost prohibitive for most Australians==
-The Toyota Prius is approx 48k in Australia where as it retails for [http://www.toyota.com/ 21k USD in USA].+The Toyota Prius is approx 48k AUD in Australia however it retails for only [http://www.toyota.com/ 21k USD in USA].
For the most part current pricing makes the Prius too expensive for most Australians. For the most part current pricing makes the Prius too expensive for most Australians.
-Most will be unable to choose a green car because it is too expensive. +Unfortunately most Australians will be unable to choose a green car because it is far too expensive to do so.
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4. A low cost way, low effort means of reducing transport emissions in the short term. 4. A low cost way, low effort means of reducing transport emissions in the short term.
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==Contacts== ==Contacts==

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Policy Discussion

Issue: Hybrids are cost prohibitive for most Australians

The Toyota Prius is approx 48k AUD in Australia however it retails for only 21k USD in USA. For the most part current pricing makes the Prius too expensive for most Australians. Unfortunately most Australians will be unable to choose a green car because it is far too expensive to do so.


Current Policy

With the exception of importation of personal vehicles driven overseas for greater than one year, the current federal Specialist Enthusiast Vehicle (SEV) import policy does not allow any vehicle models that are already sold here new to be imported second hand.


Proposed Change or Question

In an effort to reduce Australian emissions and get more LEV and ZEV vehicles on the road, can we modify the SEV import policy to allow late model used Hybrid and Electric to be imported? (Regardless of whether that model is sold new in Australia)


Supporting Points

1. Approximate 115% Price Difference between USA and Australia as of June 2008:

It currently costs 115% more to buy a Toyota Prius in Australia.

2. Low cost, Low KM 2003-2007 Toyota Prius's available from Japan for between 12k-25k (landed in Australia).

3. More Hybrid - Exposure, Maintenance, Experimentation, Innovation and Testing

It should also be recognised that Australia is now generally late to the game in terms of readying the auto industry for electric drive vehicles. Bringing more Hybrid vehicles into the country will help us move forward. It will also provide for more experimentation with plug-in conversions, green recharging approaches and emerging battery technologies like the lead acid Firefly.

4. A low cost way, low effort means of reducing transport emissions in the short term.

Contacts

Department of Infrastructure, Transport Contacts

  • Peter Robertson
    • Steven Spencer
  • John Real - 02 62674 7859
    • Tim Miller

Responses

3/7/2008 - 2pm - Spoke with Tim Miller who has asked Steven Spencer to ring me.

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