Labor's Plan For Electric Vehicle Innovation and Manufacturing


Vehicle electrification is key to Labor’s strategy for transition to lower transport emissions. Australia has opportunities to rebuild and expand the automotive and associated transport industries as a part of that transition.

Australia has research, manufacturing and assembly capacity in buses, trucks, and rail, all of which is looking at electrification and alternative fuels like hydrogen as part of the transport future. This industrial capability, plus our world-class tertiary institutions, will be the basis of an electric vehicle industry and reducing emissions.

Labor will also ensure that the system-wide regulatory and safety measures needed to support electrification of the transport fleet will be taken.

The Liberals’ record on vehicle manufacturing is nothing but destruction. They drove the major vehicle production companies offshore, costing thousands of workers their jobs and resulting in the closure of Australian firms.


A Shorten Labor Government will work with industry, state governments and the research sector to create jobs with a $57 million electric vehicle innovation and manufacturing strategy, integrated with Labor’s $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Future Fund and Labor’s Australian Investment Guarantee.

Labor’s plan will support research and development, manufacturing, assembly and retrofitting capability in all forms of electric land transport vehicles, ensuring that Australia has a global role as a research and development centre and extending our manufacturing capabilities in all vehicles deploying electric technology and hydrogen, battery manufacturing and charging infrastructure.

Labor’s plan includes:

  • An Electric Vehicle Innovation Council to develop and oversee a manufacturing roadmap.
  • $30 million for Advanced Engineering and Electric Mobility Research and Development to increase globally focused research and development within Australia
  • $25 million for grant funding for research, commercialisation and enterprise capability development around vehicle electrification for the local components and vehicle industry supply chain.
  • Appointing a supplier advocate to be the coordinator and face of the overall transition plan and promote investment in global supply chains.
  • Maximising industry development return on Commonwealth and state government spending – within procurement guidelines – to give preference for suppliers developing design, R&D, EV and related capabilities in Australia.
  • Maximising industry development returns on Commonwealth and state government spending – consistent with Labor’s Local Projects, Local Jobs policy – for suppliers developing design, R&D, EV and related capabilities in Australia.
  • Ensuring public safety for citizens in the operation of EV’s and safe access to charging infrastructure.
  • $2 million to support the establishment and operation a Sodium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Geelong in partnership with Deakin University.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plans for the electric vehicle manufacturing industry, and the Liberals’ record of destroying jobs in manufacturing and plans to deliver bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town.

After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for all Australians