The future is electric for Australian cars and buses

THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC FOR AUSTRALIAN CARS AND BUSES

August 12, 2016, 00:00 AEST Brisbane

Immediate Release

 Media contact for comment is BZE CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave 0408 907 686

August 12, 2016,  00:00 AEST Immediate

This morning in Brisbane BZE will release its latest Zero Carbon Australia costings this time for Australia to  transition to an entire urban passenger fleet of cars and buses powered by 100% renewable energy within 10 yrs.

As well as the costs of this transition the report highlights the benefits including increased convenience, increased air quality, a more pleasurable driving experience, reduced fuel costs, and householders achieving energy freedom.

The report shows that replacing Australia’s entire vehicle fleet will eliminate up to 8% of Australia’s national emissions.

“When powered by 100% renewable energy EV’s are a pure zero emissions technology.”

“The EV revolution is closely linked to the battery and solar photovoltaics revolutions that are underway and we are continuing to witness.”

“With costs coming down and staying down there is now the very real prospect that Greenpower or rooftop PV can be used to power an electric vehicle, and let people be entirely free from fossil fuels, ” said CEO of BZE and Zero Carbon Australia program director Dr Stephen Bygrave.

Subject to assumptions around fuel costs, battery costs and vehicle capital costs the report shows that the transition could be cost neutral for the Australian economy.

The report has ben developed in conjunction with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (@UNSW) and consulting group MRCagney.

The study will be launched first in Brisbane and then at the Hunter Electric Vehicle Festival.

Electric Cars on display at the Brisbane launch are courtesy of owners of Nissan, Tesla, Mitsubishi and BMW models. Photos from 5.30pm

Speakers at the Brisbane launch include:

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Senator for Queensland and Co-Deputy Leader Australian Greens

Hon Mark Bailey MP, Queensland Government Minister Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply

Genevieve Graves, Manager Sustainable Transport RACQ

Professor Karen Hussey, Deputy Director Global Change Institute

Leslie Carter, Managing Director MRCagney

Dr Stephen Bygrave CEO BZE and Program Director Zero Carbon Australia

Registration is free at eventbrite: Brisbane

Hunter EV Festival Dinner Symposium Tickets are $40 through eventbrite rsvp by noon August 12 .

ENDS

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Public level 2 recharging facilities in Oslo Norway. Image Credit Stephen Bygrave

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