Why the future is electric for Melbourne’s cars and buses

Tonight in Melbourne BZE will be launching its latest Zero Carbon Australia costings for Australia to transition to an entire urban passenger fleet of cars and buses powered by 100% renewable energy within 10 yrs.

Media Release,
Beyond Zero Emissions,
Updated: November 2, 2016,
Original: October 31, 2016,

Media contact for comment:
BZE Acting CEO  Michael Lord 0402 904 465,

Enquiries BZE Comms,
Jodie Green 0450 520 303

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

The report shows that replacing Australia’s entire urban car fleet will eliminate up to 8% of Australia’s national emissions and around half of all our transport emissions.

“When powered by 100% renewable energy EVs 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 Acting CEO of BZE and Zero Carbon Australia program director Michael Lord.

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 been developed in conjunction with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (@UNSW) and consulting group MRCagney.

Electric vehicles on display at the Melbourne launch are courtesy of AVASS and owners of Tesla, Chevy Bolt and BMW models. Photos from 5.30pm and again after 7.30. 

Some seats are still available – all are welcome, but please register via eventbrite, search Beyond Zero Emissions.

Tickets available here. Speakers at the Melbourne launch on Wednesday November 2nd include:

Professor Peter Doherty AC, Nobel laureate and Professor of Immunology University of Melbourne. Peter Doherty AC is also a National Trust Australian Living Treasure and the author of many science books for the non-academic reader including The Knowledge Wars

Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens Senator for Victoria –  Transport and Infrastructure

Hon Anthony Carbines MP, State Member for Ivanhoe, Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Parliamentary Secretary for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Richard Keech, BZE, author of The Energy Freedom Home book

Michael Lord, Acting CEO Beyond Zero Emissions and Zero Carbon Australia Program Director

Claire Painter, Climate Works

Kristian Handberg,  AGL Energy

Bede Doherty, Business Development & e-Mobility Manager Alphabet Australia  –  BMW Australia Finance Ltd


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

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