Monday, October 3, 2022

Australia to boost electric car production

Australia’s electric car industry has criticized the government’s new policy of building thousands of charging stations as “too little, and too late”. The Australian government on Tuesday (9/11) pledged $132 million to accelerate the construction of hydrogen fuel and electric power charging stations.

The Electric Vehicle Council in Australia said the government’s plan to build electric car charging stations and hydrogen-powered vehicle fuel stations does not include subsidies, tax incentives or minimum fuel standards, leaving Australia behind the rest of the world .

Transport accounts for a fifth of Australia’s emissions. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles were important in efforts to decarbonize the economy. The Australian government plans to build 50,000 charging stations and increase the government’s fleet of electric vehicles.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Photo: Doc)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Photo: Doc)

Morrison said it was a bold strategy. “Our plan – which is an important part of the overall national plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 – is one of the key building blocks, promoting the future and the use of electric vehicles powered by Australian alternatives, ” They said.

The Australian government has estimated that electric vehicles and electric hybrid vehicles will account for about a third of annual new car and light truck sales by 2030. Electric car sales reached a record 8,688 in the first half of this year, but accounted for only a fraction – about 1.5% – of total vehicle sales.

In the 2019 election campaign, Morrison scoffed at electric cars and insisted they would “end weekend entertainment” because they wouldn’t be able to tow trailers or boats to go camping.

Morrison’s attitude has changed with increasing pressure from environmental activists on governments around the world.

Demonstration demanding a halt to investment in fossil fuels (Photo: Illustration).

Demonstration demanding a halt to investment in fossil fuels (Photo: Illustration).

However, critics say Australia’s strategy lacks ambition and has done little to increase the affordability of electric cars, which are more expensive than petrol or diesel models. Morrison says that as the technology improves, the cost will come down.

Opposition Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese said other countries were far ahead of Australia. “There is a massive shift towards electric vehicles around the world. Last year, the use rate of this technology in Australia was less than 2% in Norway, 70% in the UK, 15% and continues to increase. We are way behind.”

Australia produces some of the world’s highest emissions per capita and is a major exporter of fossil fuels. Despite a promise to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Morrison government has said its coal and gas industry will not shut down. [lt/jm]

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