Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2000
Date Ended:30 June 2008
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives
Policy Target:Transport
Agency:Department of the Enviornment, Water Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA)
Funding:AUD 75 million
Description:Part of the Measures for a Better Environment package, the Alternative Fuels Conversion Program (AFCP) commenced in January 2000. Originally a four year programme, it was extended to operate until 2008 and the focus changed to trialling alternative fuels technologies under Australian conditions. The AFCP was designed to assist: owners of commercial fleet vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes undertaking trials to demonstrate the commercial viability of alternative fuels or hybrid diesel/electric; manufacturers of vehicles designed to operate on alternative fuels or hybrid diesel/electric; and manufacturers of engine modification kits to enable engines to operate on alternative fuels. The AFCP was directed at supporting key commercial fleet operators to trial selected alternatively-fuelled or hybrid diesel/electric engines in order to assess the commercial viability and environmental performance of these engine systems in heavy vehicles and to demonstrate their feasibility to the wider transport industry. The AFCP funded up to 50 per cent of the Eligible Costs, which were: for gas conversions - the direct cost of converting the conventionally fuelled vehicle to operate on gas fuel, including the cost of on-vehicle gas fuel storage tanks; or for new (original equipment manufacture - OEM) gas or hybrid diesel/electric vehicles - the amount by which the price of the gas vehicle exceeds that of its conventionally fuelled equivalent, but only to the extent that the price difference is attributable to the different fuel system.
Related policies:Compressed Natural Gas Infrastructure Programme

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