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Bill Shorten’s electric car dream – feasible or fanciful?

Michael McLaren

Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council joins Michael for a discussion of Bill Shorten’s electric car dream that came to prominence last week last week when he announced Labor want half of all new cars sold in Australia by the year 2030 to be electric.

Though not policy, it’s still quite a heroic aspiration when at the moment less than half of 1% of new car sales in Australia are fully electric vehicles… and those models available for sale are quite expensive.

The reality is that Australia doesn’t manufacture cars anymore so 100% of our cars are now imported.  This means we will be at the whim of what overseas manufacturer develop and sell into the market.

If the trend from the overseas manufacturers is to go electric, we either adopt them or go back to the horse & buggy.

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