Electric cars are hailed as the best way to cut transport emissions, but it’s an illusion to think we can reduce our environmental impact without changing the way we design and move about in cities.
Electric cars are expensive in Australia partly because European emission standards reward manufacturers for selling them there. There’s an obvious fix.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a COP26 launch conference in February 2020.
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Electric vehicle sales are booming and coal power is dwindling, but structural obstacles to net zero remain.
A steadily-tightening emissions car ceiling of the kind common in other countries could save drivers money and do the bulk of the work needed to reach Australia’s first emissions target.
Electric cars are still more resilient to price shocks than vehicles running on fossil fuels.
Xpeng’s G3 electric is leading the way in top-end Chinese engineering.
China used to only make Soviet cars under licence. Now it’s taking on Tesla.
Some lithium-ion batteries can now propel a car 250 miles on a ten-minute charge.
Electric vehicles deserve government subsidies, but there are even better ways to build greener, less car-dependent cities.
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Eight in ten of these surveyed by the Economic Society of Australia say it’s the role of government to smooth the transition.
With an average shelf life of nine years, the coming tsunami of waste EV batteries needs action now.
Transport is the one sector where Australia hasn’t reined in the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Electric cars will cut emissions but still leave us with all the other problems of car use.
In 2007 Malcolm Turnbull turned off an industry’s life support without blinking. It’s time for Australia to do it again.
A plan to use swappable batteries in long-haul electric trucks highlights how freight is starting to move away from fossil fuels.
Electric vehicles can have more than one source of power, meaning they can be controlled better.
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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