Successive governments have been completely unaware or turned a blind eye to the largest disruption of the automotive business because the introduction of ‘horseless carriages’ within the eighteen lots of.
Again then the rolling out of automotive transport got here at a cut-off date when horse manure was clogging metropolis streets and reaching disaster level for metropolis planners and well being authorities. The appearance of the interior combustion engine eradicated the ‘horse manure disaster’ of the eighteen lots of however changed it with one thing extra sinister.
The legacy of the interior combustion engine contains polluted cities, untimely deaths, externalised well being prices, oil wars and carbon emissions. In Australia it has additionally left the nation fatally compromised from a safety perspective with simply weeks of reserves earlier than the nation comes to a whole cease – no meals within the retailers, no medical provides to hospitals and an incapability to defend ourselves. Our legislators have been conscious of this example since Air Vice Marshall John Blackburn’s report was tabled in February 2013.
It could possibly rightly be described as a dereliction of responsibility for the federal government’s primary precedence which is the safety of its residents. With the re-election of a LNP authorities we is not going to see any constructive path on EVs within the close to time period. The transfer from an oil based mostly transport fleet to an electrically Australian powered one appears from a coverage place to be caught in impartial.
Regardless of the inaction by politicians Australian entrepreneurs have led the way in which with spectacular expertise within the development of the worldwide EV disruption. Brisbane based mostly Tritium now provides charging infrastructure world wide. magniX has made inroads in plane propulsion methods. ACE electrics have begun the manufacturing of Australian mild EVs and SEA Electrics has been producing heavy responsibility vehicles and business autos for some years now.
Recharging infrastructure is such that circumnavigation of Australia just isn’t solely doable however been achieved quite a few instances. Quick cost stations are in place all the way in which from Adelaide to Cairns and the most recent extremely quick chargers are actually a actuality due to Chargefox which is rolling out a community of them alongside the japanese seaboard with plans for a number of in WA.
The opposite boon for Australia on this world transport disruption is the unbelievable number of supplies we’ve got obtainable for battery manufacturing. We’re at the moment the world’s largest exporter of lithium and have reserves of cobalt, nickle, manganese, graphite – in reality all of the supplies for contemporary electrical batteries. Worth add is one thing we have to benefit from and that’s starting to occur with the likes of two lithium hydroxide vegetation being constructed at Kwinana in WA.
The variety of EV fashions obtainable in Australia remains to be considerably restricted however has elevated over the previous two years with extra selection on the way in which.
We will solely hope the re-elected authorities will ditch the ludicrous rhetoric it launched into in the course of the election marketing campaign and cope with the worldwide disruption in a realistic and wise method whereas getting Australia prepared for the inevitability of fresh autos. With a rise in diesel consumption and transport emissions over the previous yr we actually must cease the subsidies going to fossil fuels.
Over $4 billion yearly is the externalised subsidy to the oil business foisted on the taxpayer for well being providers and untimely deaths immediately attributable to automobile exhaust. Nor can we justify sending $30 billion abroad every year to purchase oil and hold ourselves depending on an power supply that has dragged us in to wars, is unreliable and leaves us weak from a safety perspective. That cash ought to be spent on native power assets, offering native jobs and creating the infrastructure vital for a easy transition to wash transport. Future Australians will look again on this time with incredulity at how tardy our legislators have been in advancing a clear electrical fleet that secures Australia’s power independence and advantages all of Australia.