After more than 10,000km on the road with an electric ute and, talking to hundreds of regional Aussies in more than communities across three states, Solar Citizens has released a new report called Five Recommendations for Accelerating Clean Transport in Regional Australia.
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The report, which was developed as part of the Electric Ute Roadshow, makes five recommendations:
- Implement a strong mandatory Fuel Efficiency Standard to unblock the supply of electric vehicles for Australians.
- Build resilient charging infrastructure to help address range anxiety.
- Prioritise regional towns for charging infrastructure to help increase regional prosperity.
- Implement solar-shaded roofs in carparks and on charging stations, to increase supply of clean energy to charge electric vehicles.
- Remove barriers to Vehicle-to-Everything (Vehicle-to-Load, Vehicle-to-Home and Vehicle-to-Grid) technology so we can run our tools, and using the batteries in our electric vehicles.
Electric ute driver, Ballarat local Ben Lever, has gone from petrol-head to one of Australia’s fiercest clean transport advocates, and has had a ball travelling from Ballarat to Brisbane in one of Australia’s first electric utes.
“I’m lucky enough to have captained one of the first commercially available electric utes on a six month trip through regional Australia,” Lever said.
“I discovered that EVs are great to drive. The electric ute I’ve been driving (the LDV eT60) is incredibly smooth and quick off the line, but I’ve been even more impressed by the cost savings.”
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The Electric Ute Roadshow has revealed the huge savings that a strong mandatory Fuel Efficiency Standard could bring:
- $11 billion Australia-wide in the first five years
- $4 billion of this in regional areas alone in the first five years
- $3.4 billion for New South Wales in the first five years.