Noel McIntosh has always been a vintage automobile enthusiast, but his electric car now holds pride of position in his garage. In a 1913 Rolls Royce, the seasoned long-distance driver has been able to drive from London to Vladivostok and perhaps even around Australia.
His Electric Vehicle sits alongside his 1937 Bentley and 1936 Riley, which he used to work as a mechanical engineer. He now drives it between Sydney as well as Melbourne on a regular basis, charging it four times along the route. In part, he explained, “we were interested in electric vehicles since my wife and I are computer geeks, and we really loved looking at the Tesla, that is sort of 50% computer and 50% car.”
Mr. McIntosh is among an increasing number of automotive enthusiasts who are enthusiastic about electric vehicles. In the first six months of 2021, Australians bought over 8,600 electric vehicles, surpassing the number sold in 2020. Lena, a Melbourne resident, purchased her electric car mostly for environmental reasons. It’s just been three weeks since she got it. “This is how future automobiles will look.” “So, I figured, why not give it a shot?” she explained. “I’m completely enamored with it.”
However, she admitted that purchasing an electric vehicle was a “very, very huge” decision. She informed the ABC at the electric car charging station outside a shopping center, “Particularly with needing to come here to power till I receive my house charger.” “You must plan your visits and ensure that you have enough battery.”
Consumer anxiety regarding where and when they may charge an electric vehicle, according to Marty Andrews, CEO of Chargefox, which is Australia’s largest electric car charging network, is a major stumbling block to growth. It’s known as “range anxiety.”
“There are 3 main reasons for the sluggish adoption of electric vehicles in Australia,” he explained. “The first is the consumer’s choice of models.” Another factor is the vehicle’s cost. They’re quite pricey, but they’re getting cheaper.” Finally, there is a shortage of infrastructure for electric vehicle owners to use to power their vehicles while on the road.”
More funding for charging infrastructure was included in the federal government’s Future Fuels initiative, which was released last week. Subsidies for electric vehicles were not included in the government’s plan, which Mr. Andrews believes should be examined. “Whether it’s tax breaks, rebates, or even emission rules to incentivize manufacturers to balance their sales of gasoline and electric cars,” he said.
“There is clearly an opportunity to equip manufacturers with some emission guidelines for the Australian fleet.” That would make a significant impact in terms of providing more options to Australians and likely putting downward pricing pressure on prices.” Subsidies, according to Renate Egan of the University of New South Wales Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, are not the answer.