Establishment of the Committee
On 27 June 2018, the Senate established the Senate Select Committee on
Electric Vehicles (Committee) to inquire into the use and manufacture of
electric vehicles (EV) in Australia by 17 October 2018.
In particular, the Committee was to inquire into and report on the following
the potential economic, environmental and social
benefits of widespread electric vehicle uptake in Australia;
opportunities for electric vehicle manufacturing
and electric vehicle supply and value chain services in Australia, and related
measures to support the acceleration of electric
- measures to attract electric vehicle manufacturing and electric vehicle
supply and value chain manufacturing to Australia;
how federal, state and territory Governments could
work together to support electric vehicle uptake and manufacturing, supply, and
value chain activities; and
any other related matters.
The Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until
4 December 2018
and 30 January 2019.
Conduct of the inquiry
The inquiry was advertised on the Committee's website and by media
release. The Committee invited submissions from over 200 individuals and
organisations by 27 July 2018. Submissions continued to be accepted
after this date. The Committee received 137 submissions which are listed at
The Committee held public hearings in Adelaide on
10 August 2018; Canberra on 17 August 2018; Melbourne on
31 August 2018; Brisbane on 27 September 2018; and Canberra
on 18 October 2018. A list of the witnesses who gave evidence at the
public hearings is available at Appendix 2.
The Committee also conducted site visits to Precision Buses on 9 August 2018
(Adelaide, South Australia); Nissan Casting Australia Plant and SEA Electric on
30 August 2018 (Dandenong, Victoria); and Tritium on 27 September 2018
(Murrarie, Queensland). Summaries of the site visits can be found in Appendix
Submissions, additional information and the Hansard transcripts of
evidence may be accessed through the committee website at: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Electric_Vehicles
The Committee thanks those who made submissions to the Committee and
appeared as witnesses at public hearings. The Committee extends its sincere
appreciation to hosts at the site visits from Precision Buses, Nissan Casting
Australia Plant, SEA Electric and Tritium.
Structure of the report
Chapter 1 is an introductory chapter which outlines the administrative
details of the Committee's inquiry. The remainder of the report is structured
Chapter 2 focuses on the background and projections for EVs in
Australia and globally.
Chapter 3 examines the benefits and challenges of increased EV
uptake and use in Australia.
Chapter 4 considers the opportunities for Australian industry in
manufacturing EVs, EV components and supporting infrastructure.
Chapter 5 explores ways to seize the opportunity and manage the
risks of increasing EV uptake.
Chapter 6 draws together the Committee's conclusions and
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