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-==Policy Investigation==+=Policy Discussion=
-'''Issue''' +==Issue GC1: Hybrids are cost prohibitive for most Australians==
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-Hybrids currently cost to much to be attractive to most Australians. +The Toyota Prius is approx 48k AUD in Australia however it retails for only [http://www.toyota.com/ 21k USD in USA].
-The Toyota Prius is approx 48k in Australia where as it retails for [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.
'''Current Policy''' '''Current Policy'''
-The current SEV vehicle import policy does not allow any models of vehicles that are sold here new to be imported second hand.+With the exception of [http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/importing_vehicles/general/Application.aspx importation of personal vehicles] driven overseas for greater than one year,
- +the current federal [http://raws.infrastructure.gov.au/Docs/Word/RAWS_Guide_v4.0.doc Specialist Enthusiast Vehicle (SEV)] import policy does not allow any vehicle models that are already sold here new to be imported second hand.
-It is generally acknowledged that Australia is now late to the game in terms of adopting hybrids and electric vehicles.+
- +
-'''Question''' 
-In an effort to reduce Australian emissions and make LEV and ZEV vehicles available for more Australians, can +'''Proposed Change or Question'''
-we modify the SEV import policy to allow late model used Hybrid and Electric to be imported?+
 +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 vehicles to be imported?
 +(Regardless of whether or not that model is sold new in Australia)
-'''Supporting Details''' 
-Price Difference as of June 2008: 
-Toyota Prius Price in USA: [http://www.toyota.com/ Prius is $21,500 USD] ($22,600 AUD)+'''Supporting Points'''
-Toyota Price in Australia: [http://www.toyota.com.au/ Prius is $48,500 AUD+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.+*Toyota Prius Price in USA: [http://www.toyota.com/ Prius is $21,500 USD] ($22,600 AUD)
 +*Toyota Price in Australia: [http://www.toyota.com.au/ Prius is $48,500 AUD
-Low cost, Low KM +''It currently costs 115% more to buy a Toyota Prius in Australia.''
-[http://www.prestigemotorsport.com.au/search.php?skipValidationJS=0&action=results&id=&query=prius&submit=Search&sold=available&andor=AND2003-2007 2003-2007 Toyota Prius's] available from Japan for between 15k-25k (landed in Australia).+
 +2. Low cost, Low KM
 +[http://www.prestigemotorsport.com.au/search.php?skipValidationJS=0&action=results&id=&query=prius&submit=Search&sold=available&andor=AND2003-2007 2003-2007 Toyota Prius's] available from Japan for between 12k-25k (landed in Australia).
-==Contacts==+3. More Hybrid - Exposure, Maintenance, Experimentation, Innovation and Testing
-Department of Infrastructure, Transport Contacts+
-*Peter Robertson+
-**Steven Spencer+
-*John Real - 02 62674 7859+
-**Tim Miller+
-==Responses==+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 [http://www.fireflyenergy.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=204&Itemid=89 Firefly battery].
-3/7/2008 - 2pm - Spoke with Tim Miller who has asked Steven Spencer to ring me.+4. A low cost way, low effort means of reducing transport emissions in the short term.

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[edit] Policy Discussion

[edit] Issue GC1: 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 vehicles to be imported? (Regardless of whether or not 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 battery.

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

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