Electric Vehicle Advocates Push For Electric Highway in Australia

MAR 27 2014 BY MIKE ANTHONY 5

Electric vehicle advocates in Australia are pushing for pushing for a network of quick charging stations in approximately 35 towns in the western Australia area.

The Plan is To Link Perth to

The Plan is To Link Perth to Majority of the Major Cities in Western Australia Via a DC Quick Charging Network

These EV advocates have a few obstacles in their way.

  • The lack of EV’s currently in Australia – only 700 or so are registered there.
  • No financial incentives of rebates.
  • Lack of public policy supporting EVs – such as public charging infrastructure.

It is also argued that the price of an EV is almost twice the price of a gas or diesel powered vehicle in Australia.

However, there is a lot of support for EV’s to expand from a niche market to a high majority of vehicles on the road in Australia with several different valid points.

Kirsten Rose of the Sustainable Energy Association stated:

“Australia is lagging behind due to the lack of public policy on electric cars. There is little or no support for getting these cars on the road at the moment.  Australia needs to follow the lead of the US and Europe and introduce financial incentives, such as rebates, if it is to get up to speed with the benefits of EVs. In our cities, air quality and air pollution is an increasing issue and EVs have no emissions so there is a very significant public health benefit that needs to be quantified.”

The upfront cost of an EV is higher.  But running costs are a lot less. Rose says the benefits of an EV over a gas or diesel powered vehicle in Australia work out like this:

“Once you’ve bought the electric car or motorcycle, you’re looking at less than three cents per kilometre to drive whereas a petrol-powered car might be something like 12. The fact that you can generate your own electricity on your roof for free and charge your car and drive around for free, is a winner. And they need virtually no maintenance.”

Still, these advocates have a goal and nothing is stopping them from trying to accomplish it. 35 DC quick chargers installed.  That’s the goal.  Let’s hope it becomes reality.

Source: ABC

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Uh . . . I’d focus on trying to get some EV incentives first instead of a charging network.

Of course that is probably pretty hopeless with nutty Abbot running things.

+1,000,000. We first need to get rid of Tony L’Abbottomy f-witt (mod edit) Abbott.

Any attempt to get ev’s on the road is positive for Australia. We are so behind the rest of the world.

Well Australia should be leading but they are indeed lagging. It is THE sunshine country but they don’t produce their electricity with PV, no they use coal power plants instead. They have thousands of km of coast but they don’t have a single wave generator. They have huge potential for biofuel but they essentially drive on Mideast petrol. Actually the only thing positive in Australia is the solar boilers; they are everywhere and provide hot water to 99% of the homes. But frankly they could make PV, they could also have thermo solar plants that store molten salts heat so the power is also available at night. They could drive on 100% biofuels. They could be the largest wave power generator in the world, they could have huge wind power generators on shore and off shore. There is just no limit to what is possible there especially in Perth, that I know personally. Freemantle for example has direct access to cold water in the depth of the Indian Ocean and could combine it with solar heat to make a massive ORC production. Instead they burn oil, imagine!

Australia, with it’s huge differences, is a real challenge for today’s EVs, even with a good network in place. Wait. I couldn’t want to do most of those long distance trips in an ICE either 🙂
Well, it’s good that some people there are working at increasing adoption. They are indeed a bit behind, but they’re not the only ones, unfortunately.

For those interested in the source ABC Australia 7:30 report http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s3966538.htm To get a perspective of the availability of public EV charge stations: https://chargepoint.net.au/charge_point As a result of the Victoria EV trial the total Victorian EV charge network looks like: http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/projects/ev-trial/where-do-i-charge-my-car The many Better Place chargers seem to have disappeared. There are two Blink network chargers at Victoria Museum (free plus $8 parking after hours) and Arts Centre (free plus $18 min for parking I think), compared with the nearby Federation Square 2 charge stations operated by ChargePoint (free plus min $15 parking fee) Many of those located on the ChargePoint network are not actually accessible, being Nissan dealerships that close after hours or are private businesses with no public access. At least we are lucky to have two DC fast chargers around Melbourne at $40,000 each (free on ChargePoint). Really need to find new business models on how to deploy high CAPEX fast chargers for a low cost consumable product. If Melbourne can get another 2-5 DC fast charges located about 50-100km from Melbourne this would make a huge difference for the ease of purchase and use of EVs. My local Nissan dealers on the Mornington Peninsula do not… Read more »