none

LOCAL EVs KEY TO AUTOMOTIVE GAINS

10-08-2017
by 
in 

With all major international automotive manufacturers winding down their Australian operations, the burden of keeping an industry afloat is increasingly falling on local entrepenuers and manufacturers. 

The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is of the opinion that growing the local auto industry is going to pitot around the adoption of further electric and autonomous driving technologies. 

Chamber Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym, says governments need to get behind the roll out of high-tech cars and powertrains.

“We don’t have national policy that it’s going to provide an incentive for people to get into cleaner cars or more autonomous cars even though those cars have the capacity to lift productivity significantly in our community," he said. 

“It’s also around policy in terms of energy. There’s no point having half your fleet of vehicles using electricity if we haven’t found out how to create more electricity more cheaply and without damaging the environment." 

“So, these are big questions for government and the industry isn’t convinced at the moment that the government has got those settings right." 

Local manufacturers are already stepping up to provide services that larger companies are unable to provide. Manufactured locally, maintained locally, and tailor-made to the working needs of Australians, their vehicles fill a niche that makes them currently irreplacable. 

But concerns about the sheer scale of the current automotive downsizing are very valid, and if this particular section of the industry is to remain stable, things need to be handled delicately. 

“We need those settings to be right in order for the industry to be confident about its future, in order for people to come and invest in Australia around our vehicle fleet and around our road system and around the technologies that will help us use vehicles that raise productivity in our community,” said Gwilym. 

Repair and maintenance businesses account for 54% of the total automotive industry, while the next largest sector is motor vehicle retailing (8.3%).

Related news & editorials

  1. 19.10.2021
    19.10.2021
    by      In
    There is no doubt that the recent AUKUS agreement between Australia, USA and the UK was a surprise to just about everyone on the planet!
    Taking a closer look into the government’s decision to commit to the AUKUS alliance, much of what has been reported by mainstream media has been inaccurate or... Read More
  2. 18.10.2021
    18.10.2021
    by      In
    Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA welcomes today’s intervention of the Australian Government seeking to put an end to three months of damaging strikes at Fremantle Port.
    It has been reported the Australian Government has stepped in, utilising its powers under the Fair Work Act to seek an... Read More
  3. 18.10.2021
    18.10.2021
    by      In
    McCormick & Company Inc, a global leader in flavour, today announced plans to open a new, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, multi-purpose head office in Mentone.
    This new facility is currently under construction and is on schedule to provide a much-needed boost to manufacturing in... Read More
  4. 13.10.2021
    13.10.2021
    by      In
    Gladstone, Queensland is reported to be the site for iron ore giant Fortescue Metals Group to develop one of the world’s largest hydrogen manufacturing hubs.
    Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) revealed their recent proposal to build a Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM), which will... Read More
Products
Suppliers