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Policy Investigation


Hybrids currently cost to much to be attractive to most Australians. The Toyota Prius is approx 48k in Australia where as it retails for 21k USD in USA. 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.

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.

It is generally acknowledged that Australia is now late to the game in terms of adopting hybrids and electric vehicles.


In an effort to reduce Australian emissions and make LEV and ZEV vehicles available for more Australians, can we modify the SEV import policy to allow late model used Hybrid and Electric to be imported?

Supporting Details

Price Difference as of June 2008:

Toyota Prius Price in USA: Prius is $21,500 USD ($22,600 AUD)

Toyota Price in Australia: [ Prius is $48,500 AUD

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

Low cost, Low KM 2003-2007 Toyota Prius's available from Japan for between 15k-25k (landed in Australia).


Department of Infrastructure, Transport Contacts

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


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

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