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On-road transport (cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks, buses and motorcycles) makes up 85 per cent of total transport emissions, with passenger and light commercial vehicles making up 62 per cent. Electric vehicles, especially when powered by renewable electricity, provide a pathway to significant reductions in emissions from on-road transport.

While electric passenger vehicles currently have higher purchase prices than petrol and diesel vehicles, they are forecast to cost to the same as traditional internal combustion engines by the end of the decade. A number of electric light commercial vehicles are coming to market, although the technology is not yet as mature as for passenger vehicles.

Accelerating the electrification of passenger and light commercial vehicles is a priority for the transport sector as a whole. Transport for NSW will provide initial leadership by electrifying the Transport cluster passenger vehicle fleet and updating the NSW Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan to support a similar uptake of private passenger electric vehicles. Transport for NSW will also support emission reduction initiatives such as last mile delivery and the development of low and zero emissions technologies for medium and heavy freight.

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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