Advice on automated and zero emission vehicle infrastructure

The Victorian Government has requested Infrastructure Victoria provide advice on the infrastructure required to enable the implementation of automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.

Latest news – Release of future scenarios report

Infrastructure Victoria has released a report outlining future scenarios for automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.

The report outlines a series of future scenarios to help us test some of the uncertainties Victoria is facing. The seven possible scenarios that have been identified are:

  1. Electric avenue, a world where all cars are electric
  2. Private drive, a world where your car drives you
  3. Fleet street, a world where no one owns their own car
  4. Hydrogen highway, a world where trucks lead a hydrogen revolution
  5. Slow lane, a world where man and machine meet on the road
  6. High speed, a world where driverless and electric cars arrive much sooner than we expect
  7. Dead end, a world where the hype never happened

Work is now underway to analyse and understand factors such as how and where we would charge or refuel our cars, or what kind of transport and ICT infrastructure might be required under each scenario.

Read the report or watch the below short video to find out more.

Text transcript (accessible text file 2.2KB)

About the advice

The scope of the advice request from the Victorian Government requires Infrastructure Victoria to investigate what infrastructure might be required:

  • to enable the operation of highly automated vehicles
  • in response to the ownership and market models that may emerge from the availability of highly automated vehicles
  • for zero emission vehicles as a high proportion of the Victoria fleet.

The advice is required to be provided in two phases:

  • The first phase will set out the future scenarios that will form the basis of the infrastructure advice, and set out the potential risks and benefits of the scenarios.
  • The second phase of the advice should be a detailed report to the government on the potential infrastructure requirements for a selection of scenarios. The report will include an analysis of the current situation, recommend delivery pathways and identify key decision or trigger points for the infrastructure.

The request was made to Infrastructure Victoria by the Special Minister of State on 25 October 2017. Terms of reference provided by the Minister set out the details of the scope and phases of the advice.

The final report is due to the Minister in October 2018.

Consultation

Infrastructure Victoria is undertaking engagement with industry and other key stakeholders to develop the advice.

In late 2017, Infrastructure Victoria commenced an initial phase of informal consultation with key organisations to begin to identify the issues and areas of concerns for stakeholders. These early discussions helped us shape the program of work to inform the advice, including the technical analysis and research underway, and identified the areas of focus that will require careful examination.

In addition, a formal stakeholder consultation commenced in early February 2018, which consisted of a submissions process and stakeholder workshops.

Read our consultation summary report for an overview of what we did and heard in consultation, and how the feedback has been used. To view the submissions we received, visit our consultation website.

Later in 2018 Infrastructure Victoria will release an evidence base and invite further input from stakeholders.

Publications

Future scenarios report April 2018 - Advice on automated and zero emissions vehicles infrastructure (PDF 2.5MB)

Future scenarios report April 2018 - Advice on automated and zero emissions vehicles infrastructure (accessible Word doc 137KB)

Consultation summary May 2018 - Advice on autmated and zero emissions vehicles infrastructure (PDF 980KB)

Consultation Summary May 2018 - Advice on automated and zero emissions vehicles infrastructure (accessible Word doc 77KB)

Terms of reference – Advice from Infrastructure Victoria on automated and zero emission vehicle infrastructure (PDF 96.5KB)