Below are a few reasons places like Fremantle Council should keep the ideology driven ideas to themselves, our rate base is too small to wasting COF resources on issues like electric car charging stations for basically wealthy people to drive one of their vehicles down south to pick up a couple of cases of wine. It’s not that electric cars are a bad idea quite the opposite, it just has nothing to do with our council. I wonder how often the city placed chargers we do have are actually used?
I’m sure all the time effort and resources at council could be put to better use, than planning and marketing a recharging system down south for a hand full of mostly rich people to use? Issues like this demonstrate council would be better served spending its time attending to its actual responsibilities and doing things for the good of the rate payers and residents and leave the market or industry to sort out issues like this.
I wonder how many people who own an electric or hybrid vehicle have more than one car. Sort of defects the purpose is you drive a fossil fuel car and then having another electric or hybrid to ease your guilt or maybe it’s just another fashion accessory, hey look at me?
In the Australian an article on the slump of electric car sales and predictions that have not even managed 30% up take.
Obama’s great electric car predictions fall further than flat not even achieving 30 % of his 2011 predictions. Even though the Americans where the ones to achieve the better result out of all, after all of Merkel’s hype, Germany didn’t reach 25% of Merkel’s forecasts.
” In 2011, Obama predicted there would be a million electric vehicles on US roads by 2015. Billions of dollars in rebates, tax credits and incentives later, the actual number is fewer than 300,000. But it’s unfair to single out Obama. The US comes closer to its target than most. Angela Merkel wanted a million EVs on German roads by 2020. There are now about 25,000. China’s target: five million; there are 83,000.”
“But the Golden Plug Award for Over-Amped Optimism goes to the Australian Energy Market Commission. It’s widely reported 2012 study expected every fifth car leaving Aussie showrooms to be an EV by the end of the decade. In other words, about 225,000 cars a year. Last year’s figure: 1135.”
Norway, where EVs have captured 12 per cent of the new car market and it’s not unusual for the Tesla Model S to be the bestseller, is reconsidering its incentive scheme. Why subsidise luxury car buyers?
“The penny has dropped among carmakers that EVs have fallen flat. General Motors is just the latest to retreat from sales targets. And this in the face of some trends going their way, such as falling battery costs.”
What I don’t understand is why more effort has not been put into hybrid lorries and garbage trucks? That would be a better way to seed the technology and one that would improve all of our lives. How much effort is being put into electric trucks that would replace a dirty diesel engine? I like the idea of electric cars but it’s not our council’s job to change the world as they can’t even maintain drains, footpaths or even water trees properly. Better to learn to walk before you try to fly. Those funds could be better used to reduce the $50,000,000.00 of outstanding maintenance issues in the COF.
Its really a question of priorities and their actions show we the rate payers and residents are not high on that list.