The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has applauded the release of Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List which presents a record $58bn project pipeline.
The List guides the next 15 years of Australian infrastructure investment and includes a strong focus on reducing congestion and increasing safety initiatives in Australian urban and regional road systems.
A new addition to this year’s Priority List is a study into the provision of a national electric vehicle fast-charging network. Designated a “high priority initiative,” the focus on providing electric vehicle infrastructure is identified as a “forward-thinking, ambitious solution to support Australia’s future prosperity.”
Tony Weber, CEO of the FCAI, commended the initiatives included in the report.
“Electric vehicles are a key component in the way of the future, so it is very pleasing to see further acknowledgement and real-world planning from Australian regulators on this technology.
“At the same time, road safety and congestion continue to present major issues for many Australian commuters, so action on this topic is also very important.
“We encourage Federal, State and Territory Governments to allocate funding and resources for these critically important infrastructure projects,” Weber said.