But some people will no doubt argue that this is a tax on the poor as they cannot afford to buy newer, lower emission cars, they have to travel further to work, and only the rich can afford to drive zero emission cars and live in expensive inner-city areas. At the same time, a Ferrari that is driven for only limited number of km each year will likely to be much cheaper to own.
Hmmm... yes good points. Say you are a nurse working night shifts on 75k, you can’t exactly afford a new Tesla nor take public transport to work. The Ferrari example I personally am not too fussed about. If somebody wants to buy a Ferrari and not drive it to reduce operating costs then in theory it benefits everyone. Maybe their second daily driver car will at least be an EV?
Perhaps the supposed road tax plus emissions tax are in conjunction with other initiatives to help bring EV to the masses. Say reduced rego, “cash for clunkers”, reduced tolls plus higher tax deductions for work travel. This way; a nurse earning $75k could in theory buy a $50k AUD EV as the total cost of ownership would be equivalent to say a $30k econ box (Yaris etc) all things considered.
for small business such as sole tradies, they should be able to access instant asset write offs for EVs to help with their cash flows.