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A new project from the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy (RACE) for 2030 collaborative research centre has been given the green light.

The project is set to focus on electric vehicles (EVs) and taxation law with Dr Anna Mortimore, Griffith University and Dr Diane Kraal, Monash University, the primary researchers.

From a fleet perspective, businesses are a potentially effective pathway for early adoption of EVs but limited onsite re-charging infrastructure remains an ongoing problem.

The project will consider how taxation changes can provide an immediate solution by using fleet employee’s home charging, which can include smart chargers to gain off-peak rates & avoid grid congestion.

The project will assess how taxation changes ie. Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and income tax can facilitate the charging of business fleet EVs from individual fleet employees’ homes – given 47 per cent of all fleet vehicles are home garaged.

The project’s industry partners are the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA), the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the Victorian Government, the NSW Government, the SA Government, AGL Energy Ltd, Monash University, Griffith University and the Commonwealth Government.