A start-up to help businesses transition to electric vehicles has opened in Subiaco, just as the Federal Government has passed a new Bill to make the vehicles cheaper.
CarBon — which moved to Hay Street last week — says it is Australia’s only electric vehicle subscription business.
The business enables companies to subscribe to EVs to begin transitioning their fleets, and also enables individual buyers to subscribe to an EV.
The move comes after the Federal Government on Monday passed legislation to exempt EVs from fringe benefits tax, which could save businesses and private vehicle operators thousands of dollars.
CarBon founder and CEO Scott Gillespie said he wanted to find a way to carry goods more sustainably and help businesses transition without taking a big financial risk.
“We want to be able to help people transition what is possible now. It’s not always possible to take an entire fleet and turn electric,” he said.
“For some companies transporting from Perth to Kalgoorlie, range is a factor and for certain vehicles it will not be viable.
“But over the next couple of years those bridges will be cross and it will be possible.”Businesses and organisations subscribed include the City of Fremantle, Wide Open Agriculture, founded by Anthony ‘Maz’ Maslin, and All Purpose Transport.
Mr Gillespie said he was bracing for a huge spike in demand after the government’s legislation passed, with support from the crossbenchers in the Senate.
“Individuals and businesses looking to switch to EVs can now save thousands of dollars every year thanks to these FBT incentives,” he said.
“With new EVs arriving every day and second-hand stock coming on to the market, we believe 2023 will be the year many Australians opt for a more sustainable mode of transport that’s up to 90 per cent cheaper than a petrol car.”
CarBon’s subscription model allows companies to hand the vehicle back at any time.
Mr Gillespie said the government could still do more to make EVs more affordable.
“Tax incentives make EVs more affordable, but we also need policies and charging infrastructure that will support EV sector growth,” he said.
“There’s still a fair bit of misinformation in the marketplace — particularly around range anxiety — so greater consumer education is also key.
“Early signs point to 2023 being a huge year for EV uptake, so this scheme is a win for motorists, business and a win for climate action.”
The State Government this week also reached a milestone in improving EV viability by beginning construction on the State’s first EV highway.
Kalbarri will be the first location to receive a charger on the WA EV network.
The $20 million WA EV Network will eventually stretch from Kununurra to Esperance and across the Nullarbor to Eucla.
Energy Minister Bill Johnston said there would be “no more than 200 kilometres between each charger”.