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LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW at Sydney Olympic
Park to see another car pulling up at our electric
vehicle fast charger, it strikes me as a symbol of how
motoring in Australia is radically changing. The
NRMA’s role is to help Members and their
communities prepare for whatever the future brings.
Recently, the NRMA announced a $10 million
investment to build Australia’s largest electric vehicle
fast-charging network, suitable for a range of
vehicles and free to use for NRMA Members.
We have been working hand-in-hand with our
Members who own electric vehicles, electric vehicle
enthusiasts, and a large number of interested local
councils and community groups, to plan this network.
We’ve had an amazing response, with over 550
expressions of interest. We’ve met with people as far
afield as Narrandera and Byron Bay, and everyone is
rallying behind this initiative.
With cars no longer manufactured in Australia, it is
inevitable that new imported cars will increasingly be
electric. All major car manufacturers are releasing
new electric models over the next few years and
investing nearly $100 billion to support the shift to
electric. China and Germany are planning to phase
out petrol and diesel cars. Last year, China sold over
500,000 electric cars and installed almost a million
chargers. It’s expected there will be more than 145
million electric cars on the road by 2035 – up from 2
Many Members we spoke to said they would consider
buying an electric vehicle but were nervous about the
lack of charging infrastructure. We aim to solve this
with a network of chargers available to keep you
moving, whether you are commuting to work or
taking a road trip to explore our great country.
Journeys beyond the city are driving the network’s
design. The plan is to have more than 40 fast-charger
sites – which will charge most vehicles to at least 80
per cent capacity in around 30 minutes – and enable
electric vehicle journeys on major driving routes
across NSW and the ACT. Newcastle will be the first
charging site available to Members and we will
announce more locations in coming months which will
support road trips to the Snowy Mountains, the NSW
South Coast, and even Queensland.
This network will connect motorists to unique
regional experiences and open towns to a new wave
of business opportunities as more electric vehicles
join our roads.
Cost is a deterrent in buying electric today, but
prices are about to drop. The Nissan Leaf is likely to
hit Australian roads at around $45,000, while the
Hyundai Ioniq will arrive in Australia this year, priced
similarly to its petrol equivalent, yet will save its
owner around $1000 a year on fuel.
As battery technology improves and manufacturing
costs fall, electric cars will soon be a cheaper way to
travel while causing less stress on the environment.
Electric cars are essentially big batteries on
wheels, capable of storing energy. With off-peak
overnight charging, excess power could be returned
to the grid during peak demand.
The future of motoring in Australia will be electric.
We will make sure this transition is as seamless as
possible for Members. The shift will happen faster
than we all think.
ROHAN LUND GROUP CEO
Building an electric future
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