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We’re ready for the electric future
The NRMA is taking
steps to smooth
the transition to
electric cars, says
On behalf of your NRMA Board, management and staff let me
begin by saying a very happy New Year to all our Members
and we hope you had a safe Christmas holiday break.
2018 was a big year for the NRMA, as we continue to grow
as Australia’s largest transport and tourism provider, and we
expect 2019 to be just as significant. This year will see both a
state and federal election take place, and the significance of
this for the NRMA and our Members cannot be missed.
It has never been more important for you, our Members, to
have your say on things that directly affect the communities
where you live. Roads and transport infrastructure is an area
where the NRMA, representing 2.4 million Members, can
make a real difference in urging all levels of government for
change. I am particularly proud of the advocacy work we do to
championing the needs of our Members.
In 2015, we asked you to tell us the worst roads in your
area. Almost 8000 road users voted the Pacific Highway at
Chatswood as the worst road in NSW, followed by Pennant
Hills Road and Parramatta Road.
I’m pleased to say that Sydney is now getting some of the
roads and public transport infrastructure it so desperately
needs, to address some of these notorious arteries.
WestConnex, NorthConnex and the North-West Rail Link will
all come onto the network in the coming years, representing
an important change in Sydney’s transport systems. The
Northern Beaches Tunnel, so vital to finally addressing the
access crippling congestion must be built as soon as possible.
When we again ask for your opinion on roads and
infrastructure in the coming months, I implore you to take the
time to participate. We use the valuable information you
provide to urge government leaders to prioritise areas of
concern for our Members.
HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT TRANSPORT ISSUES
TIM TRUMPER Chairman and Director
Inner West, North Shore and Eastern Suburbs
AS WE CLOSE IN ON the NRMA’s
centenary year, it’s appropriate
that the cover of this Open Road is
all about the future. Only several
weeks after Hyundai released its
Ioniq on the Australian market, the
new Nissan Leaf has arrived.
Both models bring electric
vehicles closer to the budgets of
many Australian families, and offer
benefits to weekly transport costs
and the environment.
That the future of transport
mobility in Australia is going to be
increasingly electric is now a
given. This is not a bold prediction
by the NRMA, nor is it a directive
of the Australian Government, it’s
merely a reflection on the reality
that car manufacturers are
pivoting fast to electric vehicles.
A number of jurisdictions have
already declared an end to fuel
vehicles in the coming decades,
including the UK, France, China,
Germany, India and a number of
cities in the USA. The USA, once
largely seen as a nation of gas
guzzlers, has broken new ground
with the Tesla Model 3 now the
fourth best-selling car in the USA.
The NRMA was at the forefront
of Australia’s first transport
revolution almost 100 years ago
when the nation progressed
from the horse and cart to the
combustion engine. We now
stand at the precipice of this new
revolution and again the NRMA
will play a leadership role.
Our network of 40 fast-charging
stations, of which six are already
built, will ensure our Members
can access the vast majority of
NSW and the ACT, including
regional areas. The impact of this
network on regional tourism alone
will be far-reaching.
By playing our part in getting
Australia ready for electric
vehicles we’re also bringing
forward the inevitable financial
and environmental benefits. At the
latter part of 2018 the average
price of petrol was as high as $1.66
cents per litre. A like-for-like
comparison with electricity is 33
cents per litre. Conservatively
speaking, the average family will
save $1500 a year and this will be
much higher in regional and outer-
suburban areas, where families are
forced to drive longer distances.
It’s forecast that by 2030 one-
third of all car sales in Australia
will be electric. That’s a little over a
decade. As the revolution speeds
up globally with electric vehicle
technology becoming the new
norm, there’s no doubt Australia’s
transport future will look very
different in around the same time
it took for Australians to progress
from analogue to smart phones.
Getting Australia ready to
benefit from this transport
revolution is a task for which the
NRMA is supremely qualified –
having done it once before. This is
shaping up to be a very exciting
Recharging the new Nissan
Leaf outside the NRMA’s
Olympic Park office.
17/12/18 2:39 pm
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