Anthony Albanese will promise a Labor government would deliver a discount to cut the cost of electric cars and install community batteries, in initiatives costing $400 million over several years.
Active travel can help tackle the climate crisis earlier than electric vehicles – even if you swap the car for a bike for just one trip a day.
Australia has a lot of work to do to overcome the challenges facing electric vehicles users, starting with the lack of a comprehensive national charging network.
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Emissions from road transport in New Zealand have doubled since 1990, and the Climate Change Commission recommends sweeping changes to switch to electric transport options.
The benefits of road-user charging are now well established. And including electric vehicles doesn't have to be a deterrent to their uptake, as New Zealand and other nations have shown.
A ‘green’ symbol for electric vehicle charging stations.
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California's proposition to halt the sale of gasoline-powered engines may be extreme. But could it work?
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Any green industrial revolution will need lots more electric cars – we're experimenting to see what does and doesn't work.
Sure, the owners of electric cars don't pay properly to use the roads, but it's even worse for the owners of conventionally-powered vehicles.
Electric vehicles would lower emissions, but if their lower running costs lead to increased car use that creates a whole lot of other costs for our cities.
A “creuseur,” or digger, descends into a tunnel at the mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Companies can't verify that their source didn't involve artisanal mining. A discussion over responsible sourcing strategies and practices is needed.
Could China become the world leader in electric vehicles?
NIO's innovative business model could point towards a bright future – if it can overcome key challenges
A used electric vehicle can be yours for well under A$20,000. But supply is limited and, like with any major purchase, there are potential pitfalls.
New Zealand voters are divided on climate policy along party lines, with the majority on one side of the political spectrum calling for urgent action while at the other end most recommend caution.
More people are reaching for an electric car.
Coronavirus has changed the way we travel.
It seems likely we are going to need radical reductions in future ownership of private vehicles as we transition to cleaner transport.
In the near future, we may see electric cars supplying power to smart grids or communities with their own independent microgrids.
Grid-scale batteries could be at least double the cost of those in electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles are still relatively expensive but a trial to help them power the national grid in times of need could see owners being paid. That could make them a lot more attractive.
You can reduce your fuel consumption by 15-20% with improved driving habits alone – reducing emissions and saving money at the same time.
Hydrogen may bomb.
Everyone loves the idea of H2 cars, but they come with a huge disadvantage.