Transport plays a vital role as an enabler of Australia’s economy. As the economy grows, demand across transport modes increases, with demand for transport projected to rise across land, air and sea until at least 2050. Transport is responsible for around 20 per cent of Australia’s emissions.
ARENA is currently focused on supporting projects that help deliver the following objectives:
- Accelerate the decarbonisation of light road transport
- Accelerate the decarbonisation of heavy road transport
1. Accelerate the decarbonisation of light road transport
Light road vehicles are responsible for ~65% of Australia’s domestic transport emissions, presenting a significant opportunity for
Funding for the decarbonisation of light road transport is primarily delivered through our Driving the Nation program – please see the program guidelines for specific eligibility criteria.
- 1.1 Develop a future-proof light vehicle charging ecosystem
Demonstrate technologies and business cases that reduce charging-related barriers to adoption for consumers, while contributing to positive long-term market development.
Reduce charging-related barriers to adoption
Pilots/demonstrations of novel charging-related technologies, solutions or business models that address current barriers to light BEV adoption. These must be innovative in the Australian market context.
Ensure positive consumer and system outcomes
Innovation that ensures positive consumer and system outcomes are maintained at higher levels of BEV adoption, through tackling issues like grid integration, charging management and bidirectional charging.
2. Accelerate the decarbonisation of heavy road transport
Heavy road vehicles are responsible for ~20% of Australia’s domestic transport emissions, presenting a significant opportunity for decarbonisation.
ARENA is currently developing its heavy road transport strategy – more details to follow in late 2023.
- 2.1 Decarbonise heavy road transport
More details to follow
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