Nissan want green car improvement

Australia needs to do more to support green cars and get the most out of their environmental benefits, according to a spokesperson from Nissan Australia.

Richard Emery, managing director of Nissan's Australian enterprise, called on the government to improve infrastructure and make sure the popularity of eco-driving is not wasted.

Low-carbon vehicles are favoured by many fleet managers, not only for their low environmental impact but also the cost-saving effect of low car fuel consumption.

With new green cars produced on a frequent basis, Mr Emery said manufacturers were "doing their bit", though the government was hardly supporting the low-carbon initiative on their end.

"It's alright for governments to throw comments around about CO2 levels and fuel efficiency," Mr Emery said to The Motor Report. "They've also got to offer some infrastructure support and maybe some taxation advantages to allow electric cars to become viable in the Australian market."

Ohm away from home

Charging stations for electric vehicles have seen some adoption following a partnership by ChargePoint and Origin Energy, though these are mostly located around Sydney, Melbourne and the ACT.

Western Australia has a mere 23 renewable energy vehicle (REV) charging stations. The entirety of Australia barely has 100 stations, according to The Motor Report.

In contrast, the UK, a country approximately 30 times smaller than Australia, has more than 7,000 locations where electric cars can be charged.

As a result, very few of Australia's top selling cars are electric or hybrid cars.

Green future

While launching their own green car initiative can be a challenge for managers at the moment, the benefits to consumption can make it a worthwhile enterprise.

The newly launched Tesla Model S, the BMW i3 and the recently announced Audi A3 E-tron show an intention for Australia to be a stronger market for green cars.

The electric version of one of Australia's most popular vehicles, the Ford Focus, is tipped to arrive to the Australian market; in the US, businesses using this model can apply for a federal tax credit of up to US$7500.

With new models increasingly available for use in business fleets, Australia is expected to step-up to the challenge of providing more breaks for eco-friendly fleets.