What about a 20% levy on the sale of ICE vehicles to fund a subsidy on EVs that way funding is not being taken from other areas of Government spending.
So a tradie pays 20% extra on a work ute (just a few extra thousand, no big deal) as a punishment for not buying an electric ute instead, which they can't buy because no one makes one yet?
Families buying people movers effectively end up paying a 20% tax to underwrite people who can afford Tesla Model Xs?
Can't see any problems there.
There are alternatives and the tradie still has his/her ICE until it needs replacing. It wouldnt be a situation of tomorrow sorry dude your Hilux is off the road. However we have to do something, we cannot ring a diety and say ummm sorry we stuffed up can you bilud a new planet for us. This is it the only viable home we have and time is ticking.
Also you do realise there are alternatives to Teslas right? they are not the only vehicles available. Also, if Governments set a deadlines on ICE production and sales you can guarantee that Ford, PSA, Toyota, Nissan, etc will quickly bring on replacements.
How many other RHD countries are Utes popular in? I can only think of NZ, Australia and South Africa. Apart from various 3rd world countries. Sales of RHD Utes will be tiny, compared to sales of LHD Utes (pickups) in the USA alone.
Also telling, is that Tesla hasn't even announced, yet alone sells an electric Ute. Despite how large that market is in the USA. Dodge has only quite recently started making and selling a RHD version of their pickup. VW is also a quite recent entry to the market. GM just hasn't bothered (unless you include the Commodore Ute that you can't buy anymore). It is unlikely that we will be getting suitable EV Utes anytime soon. When the largest car manufacturers from both America and Europe have mostly ignored us in relation to selling ICE Utes.
Utes already hold their value far better than cars. Any ban will just make them far more valuable still. And will mean that they will remain on the road for far longer.