Nope, not talking about the white walkers although our team are really hanging out for GOT season 8.
But, speaking of myths and legends, swirling speculation and downright mistruths there is common sense being spoken, particularly by our friends at Queensland-based Tritium. Here at EVolution, we find this particularly pleasing, because companies like this are finally getting the airtime they deserve given they’ve been working on designing and manufacturing Australian EV charging stations since 2001, now export products to 26 countries and employ over 250 local workers.
Dr David Finn, chief executive and founder of Tritium has shot down in dragon-hot flames some of the bizarre notions coming from Canberra, saying in the article by SMH journo Peter Hannam “…the expansion of EV facilities is happening quickly. It’s now possible to drive from Sydney to Brisbane with two 15-minute fast-charge stops…”
And, as he points out, it’s only going to get better, with “Some 60 new EV models…hit the market in the next three years, up from 11, filling virtually all sectors of the market. They’re all coming.”
Yep, they’re all coming…and so are more shopping centre charge points
But the best part of the article is Tim Weale from developer Mirvac pointing out the economic benefits of installing charging stations in public spaces such as shopping centres.
And we quote:
“Regular shoppers stay in the centre for 46 minutes compared with EV owners who stay on average for 106 minutes. The extra time suggests the investment in chargers – totalling in the hundreds of thousand dollars – is worthwhile.”
Mr Weale is spot on. Our own data strongly shows that EV owners are not only choosing shopping centres based on whether they have charging facilities, but they’re staying longer and, presumably, spending more on long black macchiatos and smashed avo on sourdough.
Which points to one thing…charging stations in public spaces are worth the time, energy and investment. Unlike some media commentary.
While our country prepares to head to the polls, we’ll leave the outrageous comments from our current batch of pro-coal mine ‘leaders’ in the realm of the undead.
What a difference a political announcement makes!
From very little mention in mainstream press to a massive day of media coverage, the Labor announcement of 50% EVs on Aussie roads by 2030 has really shaken up the hornet’s nest that is pre-election Canberra. As Leo Kerr from MyElectricCar this morning acknowledged ‘Incredible day…from an average of 650 visitors per day this month, the site has already had over 600 visitors before 9.30am this morning.”
In addition, Labor’s yet-to-be released ‘Cleaner Transport Future’ report also includes a requirement for half of all federal government fleet purchases to be EVs by 2025 and for all government owned or leased building to have charging stations (so reports the awesome Peter Hannam for the SMH).
Does this sound like music to your ears? ‘Cos we’re sitting up and paying attention to what a politician is saying about EVs (for a change).
It’s no secret that EV technology uptake – both in terms of cars on the road and charging infrastructure – is woefully
ignored misunderstood by the Australian government, especially when compared to our nearest neighbours across the ditch (here’s raising a charging cable to you, Jacinta!). So, while it’s good to hear something reasonably tangible from a potential leader, there is also a lot of ground for us to catch up on.
This job will be made much easier for a Labor government thanks to the amazing, tireless and passionate work done by so many EV enthusiasts and businesses over the past few years (even in the face of the coal-and-oil lovers wilful inaction, and even road-blocking, regarding the reduction of transport emissions).
From Sylvia Wilson’s trip around Australia in Bluey and her continued advocacy, to the other blue-vehicled EV enthusiast Wiebe Wakker’s massive round-the-world trip, there are some fantastically inspiring people working on making EVs mainstream. Special mention here to the Australian Electric Vehicle Association and Renew, both of whom have done so much to promote the uptake of EVs across Australia and embed them in the public consciousness as a very real alternative to ICEs and not the ‘hippy-mobiles’ many gas-guzzlers think of them as.
We could literally fill this entire blog post with lists of those we admire, but our fingers would get tired (and you’d eventually get bored) so we’ll leave that for another day.
But, to answer the question? The Labor announcement means – potentially – some concrete, high-level government support and financial assistance to everyone in the EV world who’s been working so hard for so long to reduce transport emissions, improve human health and create a cleaner future.
And that’s a political promise we’ll cautiously have some faith in.