The SA plan comes as manufacturers issue warning over ‘fractured’ Australian EV policy and call for states to scrap stamp duty on new vehicles

South Australian treasurer Rob Lucas has defended his proposal for an electric vehicle user charge in the state as manufacturers warn a “fractured” national approach is only making a clean transition harder.

Under the policy, which was announced in August, South Australia delayed introducing the user charge until 2027 or when EVs represent 30% of the market, and offered drivers a time-limited $3,000 subsidy on the purchase of a new electric vehicle.

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