Consider your environmental impact
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - author and science commentator
Climate change is real, and it is happening. But everything that’s happened, so far, is reversible. EVs are part of the package for reversing conditions and bringing them back to something better.
People probably have the image of Australians as rugged outdoor types, but we are more urbanised than the United Kingdom. We have a vast concentration of people in the cities, and we have got real estate to burn. So, we can easily get all of our electricity very cheaply, entirely from two major renewables: solar thermal and wind. We’ve got the easy capability to do it.
The role of EVs in all of this is that cars account for, depending on where you are in the world, approximately 5 to 25% of a country’s emissions. That’s a significant number, so it’s an easy one to target - a low-hanging fruit. The state of play is moving very quickly. So, we’ll get the old technology, while in Europe the major car manufacturers have all stopped research and development into internal combustion engines. They're still making them. They’re still selling them. But they’re not investing research and development - it is going into EVs.
I am moving down that pathway towards buying an EV. We’ve got an internal combustion engine car, it’s glorious, we love it - and we’re going to get rid of it. It’s part of the schedule of what we’re going to do: getting rid of the solar cells we have on our roof because there are more efficient ones, getting a couple of batteries, then getting ourselves an EV.