To the rest of the international community these changes have been available for a long time but here in Australia we seem to have delays in getting some of the better features.
The wheels for the Standard range have always been the hubcap aero wheels. Now it seems it is possible to select the sports wheels as an alternative.
These were previously exclusively for the Long range. This subtle change was exciting and certainly sparked my interest to see what other changes may come. This change provides more variety for the purchases to modify the car to their liking.
Moving to the interior there now is a choice of black and white for the interior. Again this choice has always been for the performance model in Australia and no other variant. It now seems this is across all models. This change will delight those that have been looking forward to the changes. It allows greater variety and choice.
Whilst the changes to the wheels and colour choice of the interior is significant the most significant change is also the most subtle. In the images of the interior the new Chinese door changes can be seen. This would indicate that the Australian market is about to receive Chinese made model 3’s.
This would also mean that the possibility of the LFP battery configuration is also coming to Australia.
Currently the price for the model 3 is still around that $70000 dollar mark but one might think that due to the delivery coming from China and the fact of proximity and Chinese trade deals with Australia, we may see a possible change to prices in the coming months.
The new interior combined with the recent reports of a lot of model 3 Right hand drive model 3 being produced at Shanghai Gigafactory gives a strong argument that the Australian market is about to get an influx of Chinese made model 3.
If this is the next step, this will have significant impacts upon the uptake of Tesla and Electric vehicles to Australia in a positive direction.
I am hopeful that this discovery of Chinese MOdel 3 coming to Australia will have far reaching impacts to the uptake of Electric vehicles.
Tesla, Rivian, NIO, ACE, and hundreds more car companies are hoping that 2021 will be the year of the electric vehicle(EV).
The EV movement has continued to grow in strength globally in recent history. Unfortunately 2020 changed a number of plans.
The pandemic became the leading story and focus in 2020. Plans were postponed.
Vaccines are becoming more prevalent which is improving the community confidence. This in turn is growing confidence in the EV marketplace.
Electrification was subject to much discussion over the last 10 years.
Taking a view that shifting towards electric vehicles is considered the solution to improving the environment.
Introducing Electric vehicles to the marketplace has taken on new life recently with many established car manufacturers starting to shift their fleet towards an all-electric lineup.
Nissan, Mercedes, GM and many more have all started to unveil a plan to transition to electric in the coming years.
Transitioning would not have been possible had it not been for the pioneers of the electric vehicles.
Since the invention of the electric motor, notably attributed to the inventor Nikola Tesla, to the modern-day technological advancements of autonomous driving, the electric car is offering very compelling reasons to transition away from the ICE vehicles of the last century.
Since the beginning of 2021 a number of Electric car manufacturers have been given confidence that 2021 will be a year to remember.
The end of 2020 was a race for Tesla to deliver a record-breaking delivery/production of Tesla vehicles in one Year. Elon musk himself in 2014 predicted that Tesla would manufacture 500000 vehicles by 2020. This prediction was right on point.
Tesla had an encouraging year with Production of 509,737 vehicles from their factories in Fremont California and Shanghai, China. This production rate is quite impressive considering that both factories has to shut their doors and manufacturing for a number of weeks in the earlier part of 2020 due to the pandemic.
What is even more significant about these numbers is the evidence that Elon Musk prophesized 6 years ago that 500,000 was possible. 499,550 deliveries for 2020.
The response to these figures along with the acceptance to the S&P 500 has seen the Share price in the beginning of 2021 surge close to 5% and the share price is currently at $880.02 (USD) a share.
The market is now realizing that the electric vehicles market will grow into the future and become the dominant vehicles sales leading into the next decade.
Rivian has been an exciting company to follow and understand. After spending 10 years in stealth mode developing their new platform of off roading vehicles, they revealed to the world just a few short years ago 2 compelling and exciting vehicles, the R1T, and R1S.
Recently, Rivian worked with Ewan McGregor and Charlie Borman’s Long way Up as part of an epic road journey. This journey sent them on a 12000 miles journey from the tip of south America to the Las Angeles home.
As the support vehicles they selected the Rivian R1T to be their vehicle of choice. Rivian’s vehicles became the first two ever built and they were a test bed for the vehicles to perform. Perform they did. Not only did they make the journey, but they also helped to develop their technology further and show the real capabilities of what the years of development have led too.
2021, for Rivian, will be a year of growth and deliveries. R.J. Scavenger the CEO of Rivian, and the whole team at Rivian should be proud of what they have done and what the future holds.
NIO released details of another vehicles that will help to compete in the marketplace both in China but also globally.
This introduction of the new ET7 will be their first step towards the Sedan market. This will be a direct competitor with eh model 3 that Tesla produces.
Up till now has been focused on the sports car and SUV market. Their development of Battery swap technology and autonomous driving gives them an established footprint to grow their customers and market value.
They have demonstrated one thing above all, you need to compete with, or better than, your competitors. The introduction of the ET7 may just be the vehicle to do that.
Here in Australia we have not been as prolific with our uptake of electric vehicles. This is due to a number of challenges including lack of understanding the shift to the global transition of electrification.
Federal government lack luster attempt to support the economy with propping up the Gas, Coal and Oil industries to the tune of Billions a year whilst missing the opportunities that electric vehicles and renewables could offer the Australian economy.
However, Australia has some bright lights in this shadow.
ACE EV is an Australian electric vehicle company. They continue to take strides to develop and grow the uptake of electric vehicles.
They have shown how passionate they are about their products. This will help drive the uptake and transition to the electric vehicles market.
They has been developing a lightweight, compact vehicles. Their focus is on last mile delivery vehicles and is looking to the consumer market in the coming years.
Australian ingenuity and innovation is driving the industry. It is hoped that it will drive further innovation and growth in this marker.
These 4 car companies and the hundreds more that exists with their innovative thinking and passion towards improving the environment, hoping to develop and introduce safer and autonomous driving experiences demonstrate that 2021 just might be the year of the electric vehicle.
The excitement that has occurred in late 2020 and is now starting to ramp up in 2021 only encourages me to think that this year will be transformative and will be the year that history looks back on saying how amazing it would have been to see this transition in person.
Happy New Year 2021 – It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog. I have been taking some time over the holidays to refresh and reboot. Spend time with family, laugh, smile, and just be me.
2020 was a year of ups and downs, lefts and rights and just downright weird.
But that is behind us now and we need to look towards a new year and a fresh start. I have always liked the beginning of a year. A way to swipe the slate clean and start fresh with new inspirations and time to reflect and look towards what might be.
I have spent some time looking at what EV-HQ will deliver for my followers on Twitter and what I am hoping to achieve for the next 12 months.
I am excited about the prospects of what I have planned, and I hope you too will enjoy the evolution of EV-HQ into 2021.
The blog has been my main source of inspiration during the last couple of years. Being able to share my thoughts about Electric vehicles. I hope I have kept most people informed and also helped to inspire debate. I have also felt that there is more that I can provide.
2021 will be a year of creation. A year where I can grow and expand the EV universe, especially here in Australia, so that all can see the potential that is possible when you put your mind and passion into one focus.
Manufacturers of the Future
Starting in February EV-HQ will be starting my new concept for 2021 – “The Manufacturers of the future.”
This will be an in-depth look at the new and evolving car manufacturers that will ultimately drive electrification forward and challenge the status quo.
I have a large list so this will be fun and take some time to develop so I hope you will enjoy the new Blog series on top of my usual weekly blog.
It’s time to take EV-HQ.com to the next level as well so I will be working on growing the website to be more functional, intuitive, and easier to navigate. It will be a subtle transition at first but keep your eyes out and let me know what you think.
2021 I hope will help more people understand the benefits that electric vehicles can provide. How they can be beneficial not just to your driving but to the environment and the health of your loved ones.
Happy New Year 2021 – It’s been a while. 2021 is the year that we take back control of what we truly are passionate about and how we can move the world forward to a cleaner, safer, and healthier world around us.
EV Community – My People, As Christmas approaches and we, start to join, where we can, together to celebrate a wonderful year of hell and back.
Some of us will celebrate alone due to COVID but we are connected through the world of technology. Those of us who are able to catch up with family will celebrate hopefully will love to see each other again after such a long time.
This year the Electric Vehicle (EV) community evolved in their own right.
At the beginning of 2020 a number of Youtubers and bloggers wrote and vlogged about the year ahead.
No one would have predicted what was to come.
However, we had a wake up and a reality check that allowed us to become more focused on the mission ahead.
COVID focused us on the betterment of our environment due to the lock downs and the ability to see the clear air around the cities.
The community resolved to make sure that others also understood that this clear air could be achieved with the Electric vehicle being introduced.
We love Electric vehicles for a number of reasons
They are cool
In most cases they are S3XY
They have incredible technology
Above all others, they can help to improve our environment.
As a community we talked about the share price of Tesla and the amazing things that Rivian is planning.
Sharing stories of Nikola and its many issues, smoke and mirrors.
Wanting to understand the cybertruck and its functionality, size and where it would be street legal.
Watching in awe of the Full Self Driving Beta(FSD) and the amazing videos the EV community published. Our excitement and desire for this to be ours became more impassioned.
Hard times, Bright Times
Of course, there are tough times and bright times and with all things we stuck together.
We helped out when someone was down, we shared pain and hurt when COVID took a family, friend or colleague from us.
It has been a tough year to understand and to see the possibilities.
The EV community has been a comfort for us, to escape our lives and delve into the possibilities of what the future we all want to see could be.
It is time to be thankful for those that offered kind words, who shared thoughts and gave us reason to think outside of the box.
I am grateful to the community this year. I have interacted with people from Canada, New Zealand, USA, Australia and beyond.
All of these people have been focused on one thing. How can we make the world better than we left it?
Some said it with words and others said it with actions.
Some showed it with images and others showed it with their purchases.
Some helped others to find the path and others shared their thoughts to influence the doubters.
All told it has been a year where the EV community has come together to support each other and share their lives with those who have a passion for all thing’s Electric vehicles.
The EV community is more than any other group of people that I know.
They all in their own unique way brings experience from many and varied back grounds.
They are full of enthusiasm and passion.
They have an infectiousness that is stronger than any disease.
The EV community is the nerd in all of us that is now cool.
The Model 3 refresh is here, rumoured for many months, seen in posts on Twitter, and now finally hitting Australian shores.
Finally, the updated 2021 Model 3 interior/exterior updated features have finally been seen in Brisbane Australia.
In the carpark of the Tesla showroom I found in the car park being readied for delivery the new refreshed 2021 Model 3.
Seeing the new Model 3 refresh up close and personal shows the strides Tesla is taking to make their fleet of vehicles better. The new console looks gorgeous. These cars are stunning. The quality of the cars looks incredible with little no visible issues identified.
The number of Model 3 s being prepared numbered in the 20-30 vehicles. This is encouraging as the popularity and uptake of electric vehicles can only be good for the environment.
Model Y thinking
I had an opportunity to talk to a Tesla representative who was excited for the new refresh.
The representative advised that a lot of the model 3 buyers would have liked to buy the model Y. However they did not want to wait till the end of next year. So they decided to purchase a model 3 with the intention of trading up when the Model Y hits the shores.
I am super excited about this type of thinking as it encourages the uptake of electric vehicles and increases the availability of used Model 3 towards the end of next year.
For those who may be looking to get into a car but cannot afford brand new, this may be the hopeful step they can look forward to.
I was grateful for the opportunity to take some photos of the new vehicles and just want to say thanks to the representative who didn’t mind.
Model 3 refresh images
Below you can see the white on white performance model 3 with the turbine wheels and red calipers. (on the right)
Next to this is an all wheel drive model 3 white on black with the new sports wheels.
Up close the Sport wheels look much better in person.
Lastly there are a large number of standard range model 3 with the new aero wheels.
The chrome delete door handles and trim looks spectacular and a really nice feature to the Model 3 2021 refresh.
Andrew the optometrist.
The Model Refresh is here!!! After seeing the vehicles I texted Andrew the optometrist. I explained that the new vehicles had arrived at Tesla in Brisbane. He advised me he is picking up his car this week. I am super excited for him.
It is amazing to me that we live in an age when technology and beautiful design are merging to deliver incredible products that can make the world a better place to live.
With the Model 3 refresh I know that Tesla is moving in the right direction.
I just hope that these vehicles become more prevalent and available to the average person and allow more electric vehicles onto the roads.
Twists and Turns – 2020 has been a year of change, pain, and sorrow. It has also been a year of new fresh innovations.
Since the beginning of 2020 I have been confident that the year was going to be a year of change, of looking forward, of finding more and choosing to follow my passions. It turns out that 2020 had more in store than even I could imagine.
New Year’s gave me a chance to set aspirations for the year. Of course, being the person that I am I decided to set goals that I thought were realistic.
EV-HQ.com had been going well and I thought I could aim for 500 followers on Twitter. My wife and I set our personal goals for the year and looked forward to making 2020 a happier, less stressful, and fun year ahead.
At the time we had no idea that the year would take a massive turn left and run across the rockiest road we could have imagined.
COVID 19 was just starting to be talked more about and was spreading like wildfire across China and into other countries, including Australia.
I remember thinking that life was good, I had a beautiful healthy wife and a handsome, fun loving son who was heading into man hood.
One of our goals for the year was to make sure our son felt supported and confident that he could talk to us about anything. He was starting a big journey and needed to know we had his back, no matter what.
As far as EV-HQ, I was starting to get more involved with the community on Twitter. Asking questions, posing ideas, and getting deep into a discussion about all things electric vehicles.
To say I was and continue to be passionate about the advantages of electric vehicles is an understatement. They are the future and I want the world to be a better place for my son and his future family. If I can play a part in that then all the better.
Let the rollercoaster begin
So, January was all about preparing for the year, back to school and work and hoping this year could be so much better than the last.
We had been planning house renovations and they were well underway by the end of January and heading into February with one of our goals starting to take form.
Over the next few months the renovations turned our house upside down and it was lots of fun watching the transformation. I was so very proud of my beautiful wife and her vision for what was ultimately the most amazing transformation.
Of course, things don’t seem to happen one after the other they seem to have a cascade effect overlapping while remaining interesting.
Pizza and Elon
So, one day I was sitting in the pizza shop waiting for the pizza to be ready and as usual I was skimming Twitter.
Now I have posted a lot of content over the last 2 years since starting the twitter account including around 4000 tweets. Anyway, I had sent a tweet, once again asking Elon Musk why it was so expensive for an Australian Tesla’s while USA Tesla’s, when converted to AUD dollars, seem cheaper. There seemed to be discrepancies.
Sitting in the pizza shop I started getting lots of Twitter replies and comments. Having never had this happen before I opened Twitter and found that Elon Musk had replied to my tweet, I was shocked, amazed, and excited. (Yes, I remembered to pick up the pizza as well as my jaw).
Let me put this in context. I have been an Apple fan for many years and have been a massive fan of Steve jobs. He had his faults, but he was a visionary and helped to make the world transition to the digital age. To say I was a fan is well and truly understating it. He was a deep thinker with a view of the world that many would never understand and unfortunately never will.
This is like Steve Jobs responding to me. Elon responded!!!!!
Over the next couple of weeks, the Twitter verse and online publications wrote about the response from Elon and quoted my tweet. It opened my eyes to the fact that I can be a voice for change and help the discussion of electrification.
After this I reached one of my goals a lot faster than I thought I ever would. I hit 500 followers in the April. To say I am humbled by the fact that people want to listen and read my blogs and commentary is nothing short of amazing. I thank everyone who has followed me.
Twists and Turns – 2020, At the beginning of the year I decided I would do something that even now I thought was craziness. I am not a professional writer or have written lots of readable things over the years but here I am.
EV-HQ had become part of what I did last year. This year I wanted to grow it more, so I gave myself the task of writing a blog a week for the whole of 2020.
Every week this year since the end of January I have met that promise to myself. Due to this I feel I have helped to bring the discussion of electric vehicles forward slowly within the community in some small way.
I am very proud of the work I have done this year to achieve this goal and hope that it becomes valuable to those that may find it in time.
My wife has for years battled a hidden darkness (mental illness) that raises its head from time to time and once again those demons decided that they wanted to play. We spent days just being together and sitting on the couch because that is all she is able to do.
It is hard to see someone you love, lose themselves for a time. Riding the rollercoaster of torment and despair. The only thing you can do is hope, support, and know that one of the tomorrows will bring back that light in her eyes. So my son and I make sure she feels loved, hugged, and safe.
This time it was a short stint and we saw the signs early, so she is much better now.
EV-HQ had taken a lot of work this year and I can tell you that the community has some amazing people to help guide and offer insights and advice about ways to meet the expectations, challenges and fun.
There are so many, but some honorable mentions include,
I would also like to thank Jason from Techau who also has been a great source of advice, and insights and information. He has kept me honest when I had source issues and I appreciate the advice.
There are so many more that I can mention but please know that you have all been amazing with your questions, inputs and information sharing throughout the community. Let’s make 2021 a year that the EV community won’t forget.
As June rolled on by, and the year started to drift away, COVID had been going crazy and the world was scrambling to figure out how to stop it in its tracks. July, August and September became a blur. My wife and I decided we needed to eat better and lose some weight so we decided to go on a diet and relearn healthy eating habits.
It was around this time that I started feeling odd.
As we rolled into the back of September, I had seen a number of doctors and noticed some strangeness with some of my blood tests. I was referred to a specialist.
Thanks to the diet my wife and I lost 14 kgs and felt really good. But I still was feeling odd.
In October I once again was blessed to be responded to by Elon Musk regarding FSD and Phantom braking. I wrote a blog about this and it continues to be a well-read article. Amazing. I obviously hit a nerve. Anyway, it is great to see that I continued to have an impact that helps the EV uptake to occur.
So, I am 45 and back to the weight I was when I married my beautiful wife. I want to be a role model to my son and a great husband to my wife so that we could continue to have a happy healthy life moving forward.
As October came to a close it seemed to be a month of investigations. FSD from Tesla was just about to be released in beta form and my response from Elon had re-inspired me to keep writing weekly blogs. (I Struggled around October with this)
My work was busy and I was now starting to have symptoms that were more than odd they were hindering my ability to do certain things.
I kept writing my blogs, loving my wife and son and helping to keep our family happy healthy and safe. This included catching up with friends that I have not seen for a while.
Andrew the Optometrist
We caught up with friends and had a great time chatting. During the conversation we talked about cars and EV’s especially. I showed my hand and imparted lots of knowledge about the benefits and challenges of owning an electric vehicle, and ultimately hoped that I could balance the discussion and give a different point of view.
At no time did I think that my friend would purchase an electric vehicle. Yet a month later he called saying he had just purchased a Tesla. Andrew the Optometrist was introduced to the blogs.
It is truly amazing to me that a single conversation had such an amazing impact. Butterfly effect, I guess.
I have watched, listened and offered advice to Andrew the Optometrist about his car and have seen with joy his excitement for his upcoming delivery.
If you had asked me 20 years ago what would bring a smile to my face when I was 45, I would never had said helping a friend make a difference to the world, his family and his fun factor.
Twists and Turns – 2020. Not long after this, my world tipped on its head. I went and saw a specialist, had more blood tests and an MRI. That odd feeling, the reason I had been seeing the specialist and my GP alike, the fact that I could not walk outside in 30-degree (Celcius) heat without wearing jeans and a jumper was finally identified.
I have a Pituitary Tumour.
At the time I was stressed, tired, frustrated, annoyed and just downright spent. It is a strange reality being told news like this. I am a Nurse and have cared for people for over 20 years. I have helped people understand the reality of what they are being told about a loved one and/or themselves. Over my years I have helped to heal people who are unwell whilst showing people, empathy, compassion and dignity.
I worked in Emergency Departments for 12 years and during this time I was very good at being able to compartmentalize the emotions I had towards upsetting situations as I needed to do my job.
But, in this I was confronted at being on the other side and trying to understand how I felt.
Any Nurse will tell you that Nurses don’t do being the patient very well.
Luckily if you were to get a pituitary tumour this is best of the worst-case scenarios.
The plan on how to manage it is medication first to help reduce the size, monitor for six months with blood test and scans and if all goes well just keep track of it. This is the hopeful path, I hope I don’t have to face the alternatives.
So now I have to deal with the issues related to taking medication long term for the first time in my life. I have always been well and never had any issues so this was a blast of lightning out of nowhere.
The medication has helped my symptoms and I am slowly starting to feel like I did many years ago. I hope it is also helping to reduce the tumour size. Time will tell.
End of the year
So here we are, almost Christmas time and near the beginning of a New Year. As the tumultuousness of 2020 closes. We hope for 2021.
I believe it will be a year of great need for the world, both physically and emotionally. I know I have an amazing wife and son and extended family and friends who share my love for the world around us and the hope that things will get better.
EV-HQ will still continue into 2021 and I have plans to grow the site, the blogs and maybe some other surprises as the year goes on.
So, thanks for reading and being the greatest followers and community around. I look forward to keeping this going into the new year.
At the time I commented that it looked like new charging stations. However, there were only cables extruding from the concrete. There was no signage that indicated the exact purpose of the construction. Recently they were confirmed to be new charging stations.
The shopping center where they are located is close to a main thoroughfare called the Gateway Arterial Road. In close proximity to the Brisbane airport this will Ride share drivers to charge and stay available more often.
This introduction to the Queensland EV network is an encouraging sign. This is a positive step as opposed to southern state’s taxes. Mark Bailey MP when opening the chargers was asked about the tax. He highlighted that the timing was more of an issue than the tax its self.
The introduction and promotion of the new charging stations is a sure sign that Queensland’s priorities are to grow the uptake of Electric vehicles not hinder them.
Tritium Charging platform
Tritium recently introduced their new platform for Charging stations recently. This introduction occurred in Brisbane Australia and outlined a new EV charger that has the capacity to flex its capacity of how many vehicles can be charged over the long term, thus increasing the viability of charging stations.
This introduction in Brisbane is again an encouraging sign that Queensland is looking to the future of transportation and is supporting a growing industry.
Queensland is looking to the future
I recently wrote about Springfield lakes and their vision for a future city. If Queensland Government was to introduce a tax, not only would it hinder the future city, it would also be counter intuitive to the owners of EVs, Tritium’s new platform and to the comments of Mark Bailey MP.
Queensland has been a big supporter of the Electric highway from Cairns down to the border and beyond. This highway over the coming years will hopefully grow to include a greater range.
So is Western Australia
It is encouraging to see Western Australia announce a similar highway down the west coast of Australia today.
The future is about increasing the ability for the EV drivers to charge and to have the confidence to drive distance like they do with today’s ICE vehicles.
Last week the future was looking like taxes may delay the transition to electrification, this week I am encourages to see the future looking brighter by the day.
Australian EV Uptake – Taxes or incentives, the world is transitioning to renewable energy and electric transportation is a cornerstone of that transition.
Steps are being taken globally to assist populations to take the first step to start their transition to a sustainable future.
Across many countries, there are different approaches to assist people to be able to afford to transition to renewable energy generation like solar panels and battery storage.
Transitioning to an electric vehicle is a much harder proposition as most electric vehicles, especially in Australia, are out of reach for average consumers.
Oil Companies and governments
In combination with the high price of electric vehicles, Oil companies have for years been the power players in the world due to the demand for oil and petrol for internal combustion engine (I.C.E.) vehicles.
They have grown unfettered for decades growing wealth and not caring for the impact they impose upon the environment and the health of everyday people.
Governments and the global economy have ridden on the back of these industries. However they have one fatal flaw, they are non renewable resources. Their impact to the environment is disastrous.
So making a step towards new thinking using renewable energy and consumers buying electric vehicles is in complete opposition to the direction that most polluting energy suppliers would want.
A large amount of the governments of the world have made large strides to develop policies that help to drive the uptake of electric vehicles.
This incentive-based approach has assisted the transition to sustainable energy and thus helps to reduce the carbon footprint that is causing such devastation to our environment.
The environment is changing and has been for several years. In 2019 Australia had one of the worst bush fire seasons in history. It is concerning that we refer to bush fires as a season now. That should make us pause.
When did we start referring to it as a season?
It used to be known as Summer. Yet many Politicians deny that the bush fires were caused by any environmental issues.
Australian’s have, for many years, prided themselves on being progressive when utilizing new technology that improves their lives.
Australia has always been a believer in supporting good science and allowing amazing scientific discovery to be at the heart of the Australian culture.
But it seems that this belief has been deteriorating for years when it comes to the all-important subject of climate change.
The great barrier reef one of the most amazing natural wonders has for decades been suffering the effects of the changes to the environment right before our eyes. Yet most politicians don’t agree that it is caused by climate change.
During COVID shutdowns in April of 2020, the world paused, and the environment had a chance to breathe and show what is possible. No pollution in the air, very little temperature change, seeing the beauty of the world without fog, or smog to mask it.
This is the future that we all want to see become reality.
So how can we maintain our lifestyles whilst also helping the environment?
The introduction of Solar power, battery storage, and electric vehicles have been the next best step. The ability for average people to help make a difference to the environment around them whilst not compromising their current standard of living has always been the goal.
So, what is South Australia thinking when they decide that a TAX on electric vehicles is the way to go.
When introducing taxes it is much harder for the average person to help. Buying an electric car in Australia is already an expensive proposition.
Last week, South Australia proposed, as part of their state government budget, a tax for Electric Vehicles. The amount of money that the taxes would provide is just over 1 million dollars.
This tax was mirrored in New South Wales and Victoria. An industry that could open up opportunities to new and fresh modes of transport that have a small environmental impact and do not continue to pollute once purchased seems strange to tax people willing to take that all-important first step.
Time to lead
Australian EV Uptake – Taxes or incentives. It is time for politicians to start listening to what the people who voted them in want, they need to pull their heads out of the sand, look at the science with fresh eyes and recognize that even with our relatively small population we have a part to play in the restoration of the environment globally.
Australia is so far behind when it comes to the uptake of electric vehicles and the transition to a sustainable future. This first step is essential for the success of reducing co2 being sent into the environment. Adding a Tax that reduces the enticement for consumers to buy electric vehicles before they have even taken off is madness.
We need to do more to make the direction we are taking a responsible, smart, and future-looking vision.
Australia’s car industry has suffered for decades and now when things are starting to look positive towards creating a new car revolution, governments feel that instead of incentivizing the benefits and getting consumers into EVs sooner they wish to tax them for choosing the environmentally friendly option.
What would be smarter is to provide incentives that assist consumers to make a better choice. Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the home of the Federal Government has recently introduced incentives for the improved uptake of Electric vehicles.
The incentives include 2 years of free registration of the vehicle, increased distribution of charging infrastructure, and interest-free loans.
These incentives are part of a greater view that electrification is the next step in transportation.
I recently wrote about Springfield lakes and their plans to create a future city inclusive of electric vehicles, solar and battery storage. This vision is not as easy to execute if the governments of Australia don’t take a leading role in offering support and incentives to allow consumers to be part of the revolutionary change.
In many countries’ incentives have allowed the uptake of electric vehicles, solar and battery storage for those that would normally not be able to afford such a change.
Incentives are a much better way to increase uptake of electric vehicles, grow industries where none where before and have a positive effect on environmental issues.
Australian EV Uptake – Taxes or incentives. The introduction of a Tax is backward, old thinking, and lacks inspiration and foresight. Surprisingly, South Australia is the state to introduce the tax. They are home to one of the largest battery storage facilities in the world. This technology provided by Tesla has proved itself to be a money-spinner from the start and a revolution for the power industry in the state. So, it is surprising that the government has not realized the benefits these technologies can have on everyday lives.
Old thinking that has worked for the last 50 years is slowly dying and the ground on which politicians believe they can build a future is thin as ice.
Electric Vehicle owners and future owners are not the enemy. Most people are happy to pay their rightful amount of Taxes however to isolate EV drivers seems counterintuitive to the need to address climate issues.
SuperChargers, Tesla announced recently that they had reached a milestone of 20000 superchargers across the globe.
This is an amazing feat when you consider that they only started their network around 10 years ago. The supercharging network was a revolution when it was first conceived. It gave Tesla a foot up and a head starts to the evolution of the electric car. Without the Supercharging network, Tesla would not be the powerhouse it is today.
Range anxiety as it has been labeled over the years was a consideration that most would have taken for granted in an ICE car. The proliferation of the petrol station has long since passed and people expect it to be available everywhere without issue.
The supercharger network is attempting to address a similar issue. It has certainly achieved this in the USA. Where this becomes an issue for most Tesla owners outside the USA is in countries that don’t have a large footprint of Tesla uptake.
Let’s take my homeland, Australia. I live in a large city that is sprawling and wide, Brisbane Australia. We are a First World country and have access to all the usual amenities that one would expect. We have had a slow uptake of electric vehicles and lag about 5 years behind if not more than the rest of the world when it comes to infrastructure and purchasing.
The main reason for the slow up take includes,
Poor government support for new technology
Little or no incentives
Poor infrastructure within urban areas.
No national emissions target.
Government proposing taxes on EV’s
The supercharging network is dedicated to Tesla but Elon has mentioned in the past that he is open to the idea that other manufacturers can utilize the supercharging network. This may be a best-case scenario, however other companies like Tritium (Australian Owned) and Charge fox, RACQ, and others have attempted to fill the void.
Their infrastructure has been due to demand from the uptake of electric vehicles and understanding that the world is shifting to renewables and sustainability, this includes electric vehicles.
This last year Tesla increased its purchases across the globe and in Australia, the sales went up by a significant magnitude.
So why do we lag behind with the deployment of Superchargers. Obviously, Australia is a small fish and does not seem to be at the forefront of the mind of Tesla and Elon musk when it comes to supportive infrastructure.
If you build it they will come
However, if you build it, they will come. If tesla was going to improve the uptake of vehicles, they need to continue to address the issues that they had in the early days of the USA. Increase the output and distribution of the supercharging network to urban areas. By allowing visibility of the Tesla brand people will start to look at the name and the vehicles and see value where none previously existed.
Superchargers are one part of the puzzle but a big part. In Brisbane, we have 1 supercharger station. This is located in the center of the city. Brisbane covers the same land size as Los Angeles
Currently, in Brisbane, there is one supercharger, In Los Angeles there at 10 – 15. The red icons are the superchargers.
I know tesla is growing at a rate unseen for over 100 years. I am sure the Supercharger network will grow with it but at the moment this is not the case jete in Australia.
Fill the void
On the upside, in any void, someone will fill it. Tritium is making great strides to be that void filling product. Their introduction of superchargers and soon to announce new products only help to address the need. Not only are they versatile as they allow for all-electric cars to charge but they are proactive in looking for new opportunities to make travel less stressful and more of a journey for electric car owners.
Tesla is the gold standard, but tritium and others are making strides to meet them and surpass the expectations.
I look forward to the day that I can own a Tesla, but I also look forward to the day that more people can purchase electric vehicles at a price that grows uptake. If tesla increases the superchargers and other companies like tritium grow the only winner as well as the consumer.