The NRMA exists to support its Members and the community, and we are committed to continually delivering on our foundational purpose – to keep people moving.
We are leading the national debate on Electric Vehicles (EVs) because we know it is the right thing to do, but we also acknowledge that the community has mixed views.
After all, the Internal Combustion Engine motor car has been something of a birth-right in Australia for around a century and the NRMA has been there to help families since that journey began.
But the reality is the world is changing. Technology is progressing quickly and there are increasing external pressures on transport and road networks across the world.
Australia no longer has a domestic car manufacturing market and the reality we face as a nation is that we are exclusively reliant on importing our cars from countries that build cars that we love to drive.
France, Germany, UK, Norway, Ireland, Netherlands, Israel, India, China and a number of cities in the USA have committed to banning petrol and diesel vehicles from 2025–2040.
Naturally, car manufacturers are in a race to respond to this global trend by focusing their investment away from the Internal Combustion Engine and towards electric vehicles.
This transition is not dissimilar to when the world progressed from the horse and cart and, just like we did 100 years ago, the NRMA will be key to helping Australia make the most of this transition.
Australia is currently one of the worst equipped nations in the world to take advantage of electric transport. Our current EV fleet is minute and our supporting infrastructure is almost non-existent. Without taking crucial steps now Australia will be left behind and the impact on our economy and local communities will be dire. That is one of the reasons why the NRMA is building a fast-charging network across regional NSW and the ACT.
In addition, preparing for this global ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 is also essential if we are to catch up with the rest of the world.
This is not about punishing vehicle owners or enthusiasts – it is about supporting them through improved choice and lower transport costs.