We must do more to drive the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia | Trent Zimmerman
Technological advances aimed at responding to climate change are happening at a dazzling pace around the world. We are seeing this most dramatically in the energy sector, with renewable sources having so quickly become the most cost-effective solutions to so much of our future energy needs, including in Australia.
One area of technological potential where change is coming more slowly in Australia, though, is the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). While EV sales had significant growth before the pandemic, the market share remains just 0.75% of new car sales.
Nineteen per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gases come from the transport sector. If we are to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, which surely must become our goal, this sector must be a focus of our work.