Government has introduced specific policies to encourage importation and use of more fuel efficient vehicles such as Pure Electrics and Hybrids which is now enjoying zero percent import tariff rates.
This was highlighted today by the Minister for Local Government, Parveen Kumar at the launch of Fiji?s 1st Pure Electric Three-Wheeler Vehicle.
?In April 2014, electric vehicles were made duty free and in the 2015 National budget it was announced that Hybrid vehicles will also attract duty free rates,? Minister Kumar said.
?As an island nation, we need all sectors to play their active part to maintain our foreign exchange source especially in tourism.?
Minister Kumar added that today?s introduction of such efficient and zero emission vehicles will assist Government to accelerate the attainment of its medium to long term sustainable development plans.
?The world around us is moving towards the direction of clean renewable energy and efficient transportation system,? Minister Kumar said.
?Today sets the milestone for Fiji and perhaps the Pacific Region in a serious, yet committed initial move towards the use of electric vehicles on our road.?
VKJ Global Limited chief executive officer, Alvin Maharaj said that today?s event was a stepping stone for the company to get into more electric mobility vehicles in the future.
?We are trying to work in partnership with government so that this can be materialised,? Mr Maharaj said.
?We look forward to government?s support in the formulation of relevant policies and guidelines to ensure that any move towards the electric vehicle sector is expedited.?
The Pure Electric Three Wheeler can travel up to 40km range on full charge.