"Overall it's good for air quality, it's good for the health budget, it's good for carbon emissions, and it's great for economic sovereignty. The last thing any sane government would do is try to hit the brakes on this trend."
"It's like responding to a drop in the tobacco tax take by slamming a new excise on nicotine gum."
"There's no special bucket of money for roads. Roads need to be paid for from general revenue just like everything else. There is zero need for the SA Government to slap a big new tax on an emerging technology that delivers so much for the community,” added Mr Jafari.
A recent analysis by EY showed that every driver who switches to an electric vehicle delivers a $1370 boost to government coffers, and a $8,763 boost to the Australian economy.
"Treasurer Rob Lucas has described his move as a 'no-brainer' – remarkable then that no other jurisdiction on the planet has come to his conclusion,” Mr Jafari said.
“Unless every government in the world is missing something obvious that Mr Lucas uniquely understands, the Treasurer may want to re-examine the logic that brought him to this point.
"South Australia can't hit its net zero targets with this kind of policy approach," said Mr Jafari.
"The state is currently at less than one per cent electric vehicle uptake and now its wants to introduce the world's first EV tax."
"There's little point spending $18 million on charging infrastructure if you are actively discouraging people from buying the vehicles that can use it."
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