Australia's peak motoring body says the country is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to adopting electric vehicles.
The NRMA says Australia is lowly-ranked among developed countries for take-up of electric vehicles and has almost no infrastructure – such as charging stations – to support them.
If Australia does not catch up it will be a “first world country with a third world fleet”, spokesman Peter Khoury says.
“The countries that build the cars we love are overwhelmingly telling us that they are going to stop building petrol cars, they are going to stop building diesel cars, and that the future is electric,” he told reporters on Monday.
Bans on petrol and diesel cars in several countries will come into place anywhere between 2030 and 2040.
But the NRMA has suggested Australia needs to be “more aggressive”.
“If we don’t start taking steps now we will fall even further behind,” Mr Khoury said.
“Our community will suffer, our economy will suffer and the environment will suffer.”
Mr Khoury welcomed the announcement made by Labor on Monday that it will set a target for half of all new cars sales by 2030 to be electric vehicles if it wins the next federal election.
The NRMA has started building its own network of charging stations, with 10 already built and 30 more underway.