Australia’s energy mix (2016-2017 figures) comprises 84.3% fossil fuels and 15.7% clean energy. Coal fired power accounts for 63% of Australia’s energy generation (2016-2017) down from 80% in 2000. These figures are not uniform from state to state. It is fair to say that using grid energy to power an EV will entail using fossil fuel derived energy (unless a green power plan is in place by the electricity provider). Electric vehicles produce zero local emissions which means much cleaner air in our cities and huge savings in health costs (see health issues page). Electric vehicles also have the ability to be powered by clean renewable energy virtually eliminating emissions and fuel costs altogether if you have sufficient roof top solar. Each year as more renewable clean energy enters the grid driving an EV charged solely by grid power gets cleaner – burning petrol or diesel will always mean higher emissions and more poisonous air on our roads and in our cities.
Don’t electric vehicles simply switch emissions from oil to coal?
January 15th, 2014|
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Had a car converted to EV in 2008 - established MY ELECTRIC CAR 2009 - had the pleasure of driving the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S (P85D) the BMW i3 and the Renault Zoe & Kangoo - all incredible! Rightly predicted the wave of change globally to EVs in a much bigger way towards the end of 2016 and through 2017/2018. Also predicts big changes to car ownership when autonomous drive cars gain traction (2020 - 2025).
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