Shifting Australian cars to electric could happen within 10 years, at little or no extra cost

Shifting Australian cars to electric could happen within 10 years, at little or no extra cost

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DARYL PASSMORE, The Courier-Mail

SHIFTING Australia’s entire private car fleet to electric vehicles could be achieved within a decade at little or no extra cost, says a new report to be released today.

The rapid transition to powering millions of family cars with 100 per cent renewable energy “is both realistic and affordable’’, according to a study by think tank Beyond Zero Emissions and UNSW’s Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets.

Phasing out petrol, diesel and LPG cars would cut the country’s greenhouse emissions by at least 6 per cent, or 8 per cent if buses were added.

Other benefits would include improvements to air quality, fewer pollution-related deaths and less noise.

 Beyond Zero’s Claire Sotiriadis helps ‘plug’ a future where Australia’s entire private car fleet runs on electricity.

“We’re pretty excited by the potential,’’ Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Stephen Bygrave said, urging Australia to follow countries such as Norway and the Netherlands, which have set a 100 per cent electric cars target by 2025.

A “conservative’’ scenario found a 100 per cent electric fleet would be 25 per cent more expensive – which is equivalent to an extra $20 per person per week.

Electric cars are now more expensive than petrol models, ranging from $40,000 for the Nissan LEAF to $160,000 for the top-of-the-range 250km/h Tesla Model S.

The report will be launched tonight at the University of Queensland, with several electric cars on display, such as the model pictured above with Beyond Zero’s Claire Sotiriadis.