In 2018 ClimateWorks Australia worked with local governments in Victoria to increase uptake of electric vehicles in their fleets. Electric vehicles will be vital in decarbonising the transport sector, to help Australia achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Working with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Electric Vehicle Council, ClimateWorks ran workshops and webinars to help local governments to better understand electric vehicles. These workshops also provided an opportunity for local governments already using electric vehicles to share their learnings. ClimateWorks also collected data on demand for electric vehicles across local government fleets, and liaised with electric vehicle manufacturers on vehicle pricing. This enabled the development of tailored advice for individual local governments comparing the total cost of electric vehicles with traditional petrol vehicles. Over 100 individuals from 43 different local governments across Victoria have engaged with the project. This report highlights key findings from the project and recommends further areas of work.