IF you own an electric car or are just interested in finding out more about the vehicles of the future head to Midland Square next Sunday.
There you will find a display of electric vehicles and the City of Swan’s Think Green education trailer, with electric vehicle experts and enthusiasts on hand to answer all your questions.
To celebrate National Science Week, the city is publicly launching its new electric vehicle charge station in Midland on Sunday, August 13.
Think tank Beyond Zero Emissions said Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries figures show 22 electric cars had been sold this year in WA – this doesn’t include the number of Teslas (as the company apparently does not participate in Australia’s new car registration reporting system).
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the charging station was a welcome addition to the area.
“The station is the first fast charge electric vehicle station in Perth’s eastern metropolitan area, the first Delta-branded DC station in the state and is capable of charging our electric fleet vehicles in under an hour,” he said.
“The station charges electric vehicles which produce zero greenhouse emissions, unlike fuel-powered vehicles.
“The station will initially be used to charge electric vehicle in the city’s fleet, but community members who bring their own electric vehicles to the event will be able to charge them for free.
“I am pleased to add that from August 13, community members will be able to continue to charge their vehicles for up to an hour at a time for free until the end of the year.”
Mayor Wainwright said the charging stations supported the city’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
“The city is contributing to a healthier climate and community by moving towards more sustainable transport options.
“We hope that providing public access to the new charging station will inspire the community to take positive steps toward sustainability too.”
The launch will be at the rear of city’s administration building from noon to 3pm.
Meanwhile, the announcement that new diesel and petrol cars and vans would be banned in the UK from 2040, just weeks after France unveiled similar plans has prompted Beyond Zero Emissions to claim Australia could easily and affordably overtake the UK’s lead on electric vehicles.
Beyond Zero Emissions head of research Michael Lord said carmakers were also accelerating the shift towards electric and from 2019, all new models from Swedish company Volvo would be electric.
Mr Lord said Australia had the technology right now to have all electric vehicles and all that was missing was the willpower to do it.
He said five things Beyond Zero Emissions research showed included that
Australia could eliminate up to 8 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions – that’s more than the entire emissions of South Australia.
Second shifting all of Australia’s cars and buses to electric within a decade could be cost neutral because the upfront cost of buying new electric vehicles would be offset by their lower running and maintenance costs.
Third electric vehicles were significantly cheaper to run and maintain than petrol and diesel vehicles.
Fourth within eight years electric vehicles would be cheaper to buy than a petrol or diesel equivalent – the cost of the battery (the most expensive part of an electric vehicle) has fallen 75 per cent since 2010.
Fifth the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution in Australia was similar to the road toll and petrol and diesel vehicles were the biggest contributor to poor air quality.