Electric vehicles a no brainer

Electric vehicles can be powered by renewable energy and could reduce emissions from transport to help Australia meets its Paris Agreement commitments for less cost. EVs also benefit public health and could create jobs in sales, charging infrastructure deployment and in manufacturing components like batteries and EV parts.

Oh no!

Houston, we have a problem...There are now more than two million electric vehicles on the road around the world, and that figure is on the up. (In Norway, 42% of all new vehicle sales are EVs!) So why were only 1,369 electric vehicles sold in Australia in 2016 (ie 0.1 per cent of the car buying market)? Well there are a few reasons, namely:

  1. Compared to the rest of the world, the Australian car market has very few electric vehicle models to choose from (more choice=more sales overall);
  2. Research has found that most Australians would consider buying an electric vehicle, but they’re put off by issues like purchase cost;
  3. Potential buyers are also worried about how far they’ll be able to travel on a single charge and the availability of charging stations - especially on long trips.

Oh yes!

Electric vehicles can and should be powered by renewable energy. And they can reduce emissions in the transport sector to help Australia meet its Paris climate Agreement emissions reduction goals at a lower cost. They’re also a boon to public health because they reduce air pollution in cities. And they could generate Australian jobs in sales, charging infrastructure deployment, and potentially, in the manufacture of batteries and electric vehicle components. What’s not to like?

Drumroll please…

And so, in May 2017, a whole bunch of people who were asking these and other tough questions about EVs got together and formed the Electric Vehicle Council (EV Council). They’ve charged themselves (yep, that was a pun) with the task of speeding up Australia’s transition to electric road transport because it’s more sustainable, globally, it’s inevitable, and ultimately, it’ll be better for our health and our economy.

The EV Council hit the ground running (yep, another pun) and went straight for those tough questions to find out what the story really was.

In May 2017, The EV Council launched a public campaign funded by ARENA called, ‘Top ten EV myths busted’ which revealed the true story behind the assumptions many people have made about EV ownership. Check out these beauties (for the full mythbusting list, look here!)

Soon after, ClimateWorks and the EV Council jointly released a report ‘The State of Electric Vehicles in Australia’, to assess the current state of play. They also promised to continue tracking progress in coming years and report on the following:

  • Electric vehicle uptake in Australia, including electric vehicle sales numbers over a six year period, both by jurisdiction and market segment.
  • Charging infrastructure, reviewing the roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Australia by state and location
  • Consumer attitudes - assessing public perceptions of electric vehicles
  • Electric vehicle policies in Australia at federal, state and territory levels (local governments also play an important role in supporting electric vehicle uptake)

 

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