Tesla Leaves Australian Auto Lobby Over Emission Disputes

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In a letter to Australia’s Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Tesla stated that the country’s leading automotive industry organization has consistently made untrue assertions.

On Thursday, Tesla announced that it is severing ties with Australia’s prominent automotive lobby group by withdrawing its membership and resigning from the board. The electric vehicle giant accused the group of misleading the public about the government’s proposed fuel efficiency standards and their potential impact on vehicle prices.

In a detailed letter addressed to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) of Australia, Tesla expressed its concerns over the misleading claims made by the country’s largest auto industry body. The U.S. electric vehicle market leader articulated that Tesla is particularly troubled by the FCAI’s tendency to speculate or coordinate how competitor brands might adjust their pricing in response to environmental regulations.

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Further escalating the situation, Tesla has called for Australia’s competition regulator to investigate the FCAI’s controversial comments. Currently, the FCAI, representing leaders of major car brands, has not responded to requests for comments. Tesla has clarified that it intends to terminate its membership with the group in June.

Until recently, Australia was one of the only developed countries, alongside Russia, without any fuel efficiency standards or plans to introduce them. However, the current centre-left Labor government, which came into power in 2022, is developing a fuel efficiency model to limit the average carbon emissions of new vehicles sold from next year. This initiative is expected to incentivize manufacturers to introduce more electric vehicles (EVs) to the Australian market, thereby increasing adoption and bringing the country to the standards prevalent in most other developed economies.

On Wednesday, the FCAI expressed concerns that the government has decided to implement a fuel efficiency standard with extremely aggressive targets and severe penalties to be effective on very short notice starting January 1, 2025. According to the FCAI, this could lead to significant disruptions for large industry sections and result in limited choices and increased consumer prices. The government has concluded consultations on its preferred model and plans to introduce legislation later this year.

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Aryaman Raghuvanshi
Aryaman Raghuvanshi
Aryaman Raghuvanshi is a Journalist at EFY. His passion is to explore the future of mobility, which gets him to cover latest technologies shaping the future of automobiles and EVs. But, at times he writes on broader technologies too. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aryaman-raghuvanshi-2431b7153

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