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Labor’s new tax cut is a far cry from what’s needed to meet Australia’s target of 89% new car sales being electric by 2030.
Firefighters putting out a fire at an Engen oil refinery on 4 December 2020 in Durban, South Africa.
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Refinery closures in South Africa are shots fired in the long running contestation between the oil refiners and the government, which has been trying to introduce cleaner fuels.
The electric car makes it possible to partially decarbonize transportation, but the fate of the batteries after their use remains an open problem.
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Scrapping a grant for electric cars in the UK may be a backward move.
Mining and extracting metals has ecologically damaging consequences.
Solar panels and electric cars come with their own environmental trade-offs like increased mining and extraction.
Electric Cars being recharged in Paris. South Africa needs to subsidise entry level vehicles to boost sales.
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Unless ambitious public policy action is taken, electric vehicles will remain the privilege of the few for the foreseeable future.
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Even if all passenger vehicles sold today were electric, it would take more than ten years for the Australian road fleet to be fully electric.
Electric vehicle sales are growing quickly.
A new international report on climate change finds rapid changes could cut emissions from transportation by 80% to 90%. Three behavior change trends could bring big improvements.
Many current consumer options are environmentally damaging.
Research shows people want government to restrict excess consumption through regulations, not just to rely on citizens to make better choices.
Petrol prices reflect lots of elements not just crude oil wholesale cost.
Petrol prices might not drop back to previous levels as stations look to recoup increasing business costs.
The electric vehicle market across the world is growing fast.
China is powering ahead with EV production, but Chinese EVs might not be ready to face the global market.
South Africa hasn’t achieved its policy objective of deregulating the fuel price because vested interests have opposed this, and the government doesn’t have the political will to implement the policy.
Australians are ready to embrace electric vehicles - but an emissions ceiling would speed up the transition dramatically.
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.
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