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Question Without Notice No. 515 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 September 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

STATE FLEET
      515. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Finance:
(1) What is the total number of cars in the state government fleet?
(2) Of the total number of cars in the state government fleet, how many are electric vehicles?
(3) Of the electric vehicles, what models and types are included in the fleet?
(4) Of the total number of cars in the state government fleet, how many are electric hybrid vehicles?
(5) Of the hybrid vehicles, what models and types are included in the fleet?
      (6) What is the cost to maintain each car in the fleet per year, including the fuel costs for each car type/model?
      (7) Has the government investigated how much it would save on maintenance and fuel costs if it transitioned to electric and/or hybrid vehicles?
(8) If yes to (7), what is the saving?
The PRESIDENT: Before I give the minister the call, I remind members about the standing orders on concise questions. That question probably did not meet that threshold.
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) As at August 2017, there were 9 236.
(2) As at August 2017, there were two.
(3) There are two Nissan Leaf vehicles.
(4) As at August 2017, there were 111.
      (5) The models and types included in the fleet are Holden Volt, Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Prius.
      (6) Of the 9 236 vehicles, there are 2 117 models with unique characteristics; therefore, it is not possible to provide the information requested in the time available.
      (7) State Fleet routinely publish the total estimated whole‑of‑life costs of available electric, hybrid and conventional vehicles. Whole‑of‑life costs include the purchase cost and the estimated resale value, fuel, maintenance and other operating costs.
      (8) When taking into account the purchase price, State Fleet figures show that electric and hybrid vehicles are currently more expensive to operate than their conventional alternatives.