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ELECTRIC CAR RESOURCES
This posting contains a collection of articles that will help you decide if you are thinking about buying an electric car. Will an electic car be a practical vehicle for you?
THE DRIVEN (Updated once a day with new postings)
THE DRIVEN is an Australian website that provides daily news about Electric Vehicles available in Australia. It also provides other news pertaining to EV infrastructure, and Government initiatives related to EVs. https://thedriven.io/
The American equivalent, updated on Wednesdays, is https://medium.com/themobilist
Your questions about electric vehicles answered (Posted April 2021)
The 1 Million Women website recently sent this newsletter to its members. It features answers to commonly asked questions about the NISSAN LEAF, one of the most popular Electric Vehicles (EVs) currently available in Australia.
FACEBOOK GROUP – Electric Vehicles for Australia (Posted March 2021)
This is a facebook group of over 6000 Australian EV enthusiasts.
A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ELECTRIC CARS (Posted March 2021)
This page is well worth reading to provide you with an overall view of the history, current situation and future of electric cars. Yes, its American, but plenty of articles on the situation in Australia follow below. American, European and Asian auto makers are making huge financial committments towards their countries converting to BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles). This means the eventual demise of the ICE (Internal Combustion Vehicles) cars, with some predicting this will occur as early as 2025.
IS AUSTRALIA SWITCHING TO ELECTRIC CARS? (Posted March 2021)
One of the Explainer series of articles from the Melbourne AGE and the Sydney Morning Herald.
BULK BUY OF SECOND HAND ELECTRIC CARS (Posted March 2021)
by Royce Kurmelovs of The Guardian
Years ago you may have participated in a community organised bulk-buy of solar panels. In 2021 would you consider participating in the bulk-buy of a second-hand Japanese electric car? If so, have a read of this article from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/30/electric-cars-green-recovery-price-second-hand-bulk-buy from July 2020.
The Good Car Company website is here https://www.goodcar.co/
WHERE ARE AUSTRALIA’S ELECTRIC VEHICLES? (Posted March 2021)
A 28 minute ABC podcast on the status of Electric Car sales in Australia. Issues involved in Electric Car ownership, both real and imagined, are discussed extensively. Around the world, electric vehicles are gaining attraction, interest and sales. Billions of dollars are being poured into this technology and into electric self-driving cars, but not without some serious accidents.
GM BETS THAT AMERICA WILL GO ELECTRIC (Posted March 2021)
As the auto industry undergoes a technological revolution, we have watched two distinct strategies unfold in the United States. GM has positioned itself with the most aggressive developers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the planet. But, with combustion still dominating the road by far, Ford seems to have decided that, if Americans do go electric, it will be gradual and take place over decades.
Steve LeVine in The Mobilist
GM PREDICTS AN END TO PETROL CARS IN 2035 (Posted March 2021)
History could well mark the past week as the pivot point in the transition from petrol-driven cars to electric cars. The granddaddy of the US automakers, General Motors, has marked an end date in its calendar on producing fuel engines – 2035.
The Age, 1 February 2021
HOW TO CUT EMISSIONS FROM TRANSPORT (Posted March 2021)
The NZ Climate Change Commission’s draft advice on how to decarbonise New Zealand’s economy is refreshing, particularly as it calls on the government to start phasing out fossil fuels instead of relying on offsets and carbon trading.
Professor in Applied Mathematics,
Massey University, New Zealand
The Conversation, 2 February 2021
EDITORIAL – THE CONVERSATION – 8 FEBRUARY 2021 (Posted March 2021)
With each day that passes, the argument in favour of electric vehicles becomes more compelling. They reduce air pollution and, with it, a host of medical problems. They’re whisper-quiet and more efficient than traditional vehicles. And of course, combined with a low-carbon electricity sector, they can slash greenhouse gas emissions.
But the opportunities of this transport revolution are largely whizzing straight past Australia. Uptake here lags far behind our international peers. And the Morrison government’s new Future Fuels Strategy does little to change that – its measures to encourage electric vehicle adoption are lacklustre at best.
Crucially, the government has ruled out financial incentives to entice consumers to buy electric vehicles – a policy shown overseas to boost EV sales. As Jake Whitehead and his colleagues write today, the approach is in stark contrast to the United States, where President Joe Biden has gone all-in on electric vehicles with a suite of ambitious policies that, frankly, put Australia to shame.
And, in a reminder of how much work on EVs remains to be done in Australia, Amelia Thorpe and her co-authors write of their Tesla road trip through New South Wales. It brought home the reality of “range anxiety” – fear that an electric vehicle will run out of battery – when driving outside our major cities.
Energy + Environment
ELECTRIC CAR RANGE ANXIETY ON A NSW ROAD TRIP (Posted March 2021)
Replacing cars that run on fossil fuels with electric cars will be important in meeting climate goals – road transport produces more than 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But there are obstacles to wider uptake, particularly in Australia.