New electric vehicles to drive climate change action

Ian Bushnell 29 March 2021 33
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Shane Rattenbury launches the electric vehicles at Winyu House in Gungahlin. Photos: George Tsotsos.

The ACT Government car fleet has received its first two Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicles, as part of the planned long-term transition to a zero-emissions transport sector in Canberra.

The vehicles, which have a substantial battery life and a range of 230 kilometres, were welcomed into the fleet at the Government offices at Winyu House in Gungahlin by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and Minister for Government Services and Procurement Rachel Stephen-Smith.

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According to Hyundai, the Ioniq Electric offers the perfect transition to zero-emission electric driving from $49,253 to $54,078 but the Government paid less, although a spokesperson said the purchase price was commercial in confidence.

Charging takes less than 25 minutes to reach 80 per cent capacity on a 100kW DC fast charger, around four-and-a-half hours using a home AC fast charger, or 12 hours hooked up to a regular wall socket.

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The cars can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in less than 25 minutes on a 100kW DC fast charger.

The vehicles are helping the Government achieve its commitments under the Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan released in 2018, which outlines actions to accelerate and support the uptake of zero-emission vehicles in the ACT.

This includes at least 50 per cent of all newly leased ACT Government fleet passenger vehicles being zero-emissions vehicles in 2019-20 (where fit for purpose) and all newly leased fleet passenger vehicles being zero-emissions vehicles from 2020-21.

Mr Rattenbury said with transport expected to create over 60 per cent of the ACT’s emissions by 2020, mostly from private car use, it was even more important that the ACT worked to bring down emissions.

“We can achieve this by encouraging active travel, providing high-quality low emissions public transport options and transitioning to zero-emissions vehicles,” he said.

“In transitioning our fleet to electric vehicles, the ACT Government is practising what we preach. These additional vehicles will join a growing ACT Government zero-emissions passenger vehicle fleet, including 17 fully electric and seven plug-in hybrids.

The Government aims to make at least 50 per cent of all newly leased ACT Government fleet passenger vehicles zero-emissions vehicles in 2019-20.

“When our renewable electricity supply reaches 100 per cent in 2020, all electric vehicles will be truly zero-emissions because they will be charged by clean electricity.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said it was great to see new zero-emissions vehicles incorporated into the Winyu House pool of vehicles.

“With an average daily travel distance of about 50 kilometres for our passenger fleet vehicles, these zero-emissions vehicles are a clean, efficient and cost-effective option,” she said.

“I look forward to seeing the ACT Government’s zero-emissions vehicle fleet continue to grow – driving climate action to deliver a cleaner, greener future.”

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33 Responses to New electric vehicles to drive climate change action
bikhet bikhet 3:35 pm 25 May 19

Any costing comparison between the running costs for EV as against petrol/diesel vehicles at the moment is a bit futile. EVs pay no road tax whereas there is significant tax on petrol and diesel. I can’t see the various levels of government allowing this situation to continue once EVs become a significant fraction of the vehicles on the road. So far no-one is talking about road tax for EVs but it’s coming, as with fuel tax, it will hurt.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 6:20 pm 24 May 19

The debate over the location of Canberra’s large-scale lithium-ion car battery recycling plant will be entertaining.

    Gilavon Gilavon 11:12 am 25 May 19

    That’s easy! Not in my suburb!

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:37 pm 25 May 19

    It will be somewhere in Tuggeranong – maybe next to the new mercury vaporising crematorium.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:28 am 24 May 19

“Especially great since Canberra will be effectively running on 100% renewables by late this year.”

No one really believes that, do they?

Ray Ez Ray Ez 9:16 am 24 May 19

And what about the emissions from the electricity generation? Build a Nuclear power plant today!

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 9:15 pm 23 May 19

4.5 hours x all the car-owning households in Canberra x two cars each on average is one helluva lot of electricity being consumed overnight. Kinda dwarfs the infamous air-conditioning load!

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 12:11 pm 24 May 19

    Please stay on narrative.

    Gilavon Gilavon 4:04 pm 24 May 19

    Yes Lucy, don’t ask questions that will embarrass the “minister”. He must look good, particularly this week with the luvvoids copping such a wack from sensible Aussies last weekend.

    Tony Castley Tony Castley 2:25 pm 24 May 19

    if you are doing the calculations on changing all the cars then remember to subtract all the electricity usage by petrol stations, and the diesel used by the trucks to ship the fuel there… …. etc etc.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:53 pm 24 May 19

    And add back the cost of delivering electricity via the grid.

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 9:13 pm 23 May 19

It takes three minutes to fuel a normal car. When electric cars have a five-minute charge I might consider one.

    Tony Castley Tony Castley 2:23 pm 24 May 19

    The neat thing about electric cars is that about 90% of the times you charge you are not waiting for it to charge. You drive into your garage or driveway at home, you plug it into the wall, and walk upstairs. On full the car will go over 200km and you rarely use that in a day. When you do have to then find one of those fast chargers during your lunch break.

    Maya123 Maya123 6:30 pm 24 May 19

    This is great for the local government fleet, if they are only driven about the city and never far from it, but for the general driving population, all-electric cars are not practicable yet.
    I would prefer to see electric/petrol cars for the general population. These cars could use electricity around the city, but have a petrol engine for long distance. For instance I have driven to the NT twice in recent years. This journey is impossible at present for an electric car that only has a range of 230kms, and that’s when the battery is new. As the battery ages the distance would become even less. One example, between Barkly Homestead and Camooweal it’s 260kms. How would these cars manage that? They couldn’t. Then I would guess that the people running the Homestead would have difficulty supplying enough power to charge all these electric cars, because at present they bring fuel in to run generators. They don’t have mains power.

    To think that electric cars can replace petrol cars at present doesn’t work, except for city use, such as the example of the local government cars.

David Wells David Wells 9:05 pm 23 May 19

These cars do NOT have zero emissions. They are responsible for the emissions of the coal fired power stations that recharge them every day.

    Darren Jakobi Darren Jakobi 6:13 am 24 May 19

    David, not to mention the mining and processing of lithium to build their batteries

    Sherry Levesque Sherry Levesque 6:20 am 24 May 19

    Darren Jakobi and what do we do with all of those batteries when they have TXed? No environmental issues there at all. (Sarc)

    Darren Jakobi Darren Jakobi 7:24 am 24 May 19

    Sherry, the help make rainbows and unicorns

    Tony Castley Tony Castley 2:17 pm 24 May 19

    Sherry Levesque The reusability and recyclability of "end-of-life" batteries from an electric car are very high.

Mathew Mendo Mathew Mendo 11:46 am 23 May 19

That's fantastic news for these two ministers.

How much will a 100kW DC fast charger (which can't be fitted to a residence) cost me? The next best thing is 80% in 4.5 hours on a residential AC Fast Charger, how much will one of those cost me? Obviously 80% in 12 hours on a wall socket is ridiculous and expensive. I can't plug my car in after work at 6:30pm and have it running partially in afternoon peak time and be unable to use it till 6:30am the following day (Hyundai quotes a figure of 200 km per full charge). Doing 'top up' charges rather than full charge cycles can also reduce the total life of the battery meaning disposal of toxic waste and the high cost of replacement batteries.

Finally will the production of the electricity to power this car still emit CO2?

The government can feel free to contact me when they can provide the answers and costings. Until then I can only afford the already increasing cost of fossil fuels.

    Peter Briggs Peter Briggs 5:39 pm 23 May 19

    Yeah, no worries, here you go:

    Price to use a public fast charger:

    Price of home fast chargers:

    Best charging strategies for EV batteries:

    On EV vs ICE emissions:

    EV vs ICE price parity in cost of ownership is expected around 2025 at the latest, by many estimates. You can google that.

    Mathew Mendo Mathew Mendo 6:09 pm 23 May 19

    Peter Briggs wow, after reading that I really feel that I've been proven wrong and my opinion has definitely been changed 😂 bwahaha

    Peter Briggs Peter Briggs 11:15 pm 23 May 19

    Mathew, it’s all good. You only asked to be better-informed. Now you are. You might enjoy test-driving an Ioniq EV. It’s pretty fun, and free 🙂

Jason Preston Jason Preston 10:35 am 23 May 19

I hear they’re looking for electric buses to start the ball rolling for fleet replacement

    Shayne Borger Shayne Borger 12:20 pm 23 May 19

    Jason Preston don't they call them trams 🙄🤣😜

g210 g210 10:29 am 23 May 19

“I look forward to seeing the ACT Government’s zero-emissions vehicle fleet continue to grow”
You do know that’s not your money you’re spending on these ~$50k shiny new cars, right Shane? Right?

Michael Groenhout Michael Groenhout 10:13 am 23 May 19

The best thing the ACT government, or anyone could be doing for the environment is to keep their exisiting fleet/vehicles rather than keep churning them every 3 years.

The highest impact on the environment is manufacturing cars themselves, not the emissions they create. Imagine the impact of the lithium, aluminium, plastics, facilities, carbon and labour that have gone into production of each vehicle.

Such short term thinking.

    Ben Broadhurst Ben Broadhurst 10:25 am 23 May 19

    Michael Groenhout interesting ideas, do you have a magazine I could subscribe to?

    Michael Groenhout Michael Groenhout 10:27 am 23 May 19

    Ben Broadhurst partial credit!

    Eric Anthony Lucas Eric Anthony Lucas 11:34 am 23 May 19

    Michael it depends on what happens to the old vehicles. If people buy them and they stay in use that way, then you are adding vehicles to the stock that result in lower emissions.

    Michael Groenhout Michael Groenhout 11:54 am 23 May 19

    Eric Anthony Lucas unfortunately electric or hybrid cars have limited life spans, which is why they are great to lease, but you won't see too many 10 year old Tesla's on the market. The battery replacement is worth significantly more than the vehicle currently

    Eric Anthony Lucas Eric Anthony Lucas 10:46 am 24 May 19

    Michael Groenhout I agree that would be a problem. I was thinking about getting an electric vehicle when the price comes down. I'd better check on how long it will last!

    Tony Castley Tony Castley 2:14 pm 24 May 19

    Michael Groenhout You won't find many 10 year old Tesla's on the market because the Model S was released in 2012. Before that, it was the limited run roadster. Note that latest figures show that 500,000 miles out of battery pack may be normal for a Tesla.

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