Electric Vehicle Advocates Push For Electric Highway in Australia
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.
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.