BOTH Labor and the Coalition are planning to massively increase electric car use – but at what cost to regional, rural and remote Australia?
The Coalition wants electric vehicles to make up between 25% and 50% of all new car sales by 2030. Labor has stuck its electioneering banner in the sand with a target of 50% by then.
It’s just another example of how city slicker politicians and bureaucrats view Australia – “Urbania” being the cities that they know and love, and “NoPlace” anywhere outside of them.
In NoPlace, people often have to drive hours to get to work, town, hospital, visit friends, go shopping. The problem is, an electric car has a range of around 200km, with a four-hour recharge then required. Public transport is light on, or non-existent.
In Urbania, everything you need is around half an hour to an hour away, with a surfeit of public transport.
So let’s take a ride through Labor and the Coalition’s Urbania …
You climb into your electric vehicle and head off to work / shop / play. There are fast-chargers at multiple locations, should you need them, but you can get to your destinations and back easily as a rule.
Now take a ride through NoPlace. Let’s call it Bundaberg. You hop into your electric vehicle and head for Gayndah in North Burnett. It’s 145km away by road, so let’s hope you don’t have to make a detour. It also means a full Level 2 recharge (four hours) will be required at a fast-charging unit before you can return home.
It is worth noting that while electric cars can be charged off the household electricity supply (called Level 1), a full charge can take eight to 24 hours. Gayndah’s starting to look like an overnight stay.
Also worth noting is that Level 2 charging requires a dedicated 240-volt circuit and, if planning on a 30-amp fast-charge unit, an upgrade of the line’s circuit breaker to one rated for at least 40 amps may be needed.
So these are the basic and inherent impracticalities of a national policy that has specifically and singularly inner-city / urban application and benefits.
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