Australia’s Electric Vehicle Future

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Australia’s Complementary Industries for the next Century: Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles and 3D Printing

Australia could place itself at the heart of the most important technology, intellectual property and service industries of the next century. This combination effect would provide a solid future for Australia domestically as well as placing it as a central provider for the global economy.

1. Renewable Energy

 

Still a developing field in 2015, it ceased being emerging technology by 2010. Strong investment in developing the practical technology in Australia would provide both the means to escape the energy trap as well as an example of how countries can navigate the change away from fossil fuel dependence into a new environment of distributed electricity generation and off-grid solutions.

Why Australia?

With Australia’s abundance of natural sources of energy, there is no excuse for the country to avoid its natural role in leading global development. In fact, Australian scientists have routinely been at the forefront of solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, wave and tidal energy generation projects.

Why renewable energy?

Renewable energy generation is also the foundational change needed to shift the Australian economy away from its current reliance on fossil fuels. It is also the change needed to make electric vehicles a truly low carbon sustainable solution. Since

Electric Vehicles

“Australia’s current land transport system is not sustainable

in economic, environmental or social terms:

> there has been a shortfall in infrastructure investment in land transport;

> congestion costs are high and rising, reducing our economic competitiveness and the liveability of our cities;

> road transport greenhouse gas emissions are high and growing quickly;

> there is little demonstrable progress on reducing transport‑related social exclusion;

> the road toll remains unacceptable, with serious injuries rising markedly and fatalities remaining at about 1,450 annually;

> obesity is increasing; and,

> our energy security is diminishing.”

(Moving People – Solutions for a growing Australia)[1]

We need to change our modes of transport from heavily relying on fossil fuel vehicles to move to electric vehicles, public transport systems and cycling. We need to build a high speed electric train network to connect the country and to use cargo lines to replace the trucks. Those electric vehicles must be powered by renewable energy, either from the grid or produced immediately via solar panels.

Personal Vehicles – Bikes

Pedal bikes still offer one of the best modes of transport in a city for many short trips. Fitting exercise into the average city worker’s day can

Public Transport

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Public transport needs revision within most Australian cities to realize the goal of a fossil fuel free, sustainable future. Enhanced public transport reduces demand for cars on the road and helps to support the change from today’s fossil fuel dominance to a new culture of enlightened transport. This need for change is something already recognized by the federal government statutory body; Infrastructure Australia.[1]

“Connecting centres and facilities with well targeted, reliable, high frequency, low cost, integrated active and public transport networks can provide greater accessibility options for urban populations. Placing a priority on non-car transportation systems and networks, such as public transport and active transport, is an important step in achieving better productivity, sustainability and liveability objectives.”, Our Cities National Urban Policy Paper 2011[2]

They have recommended a substantial investment in providing greatly improved public transport and cycling facilities in every Australian city. This investment includes only maintenance and improvement of road efficiencies in favour of investing in public transport infrastructure to support a sustainable energy future. As noted in the above study, the kind of incremental change that has been applied to public transport infrastructure in the past will not be enough anymore; transformational change is required. This