Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores
Mr Giles Parkinson, editor of Renew Economy, was reported in last week’s Echo saying that in Norway more than 50 per cent of new car sales are electric.
The fact that Norway is 385,000 square kilometres in size compared to 7,640,000 square kilometres for Australia makes the current, limited range of these cars more suitable for the short distances people need to travel in Norway.
Norway’s electricity is 95 per cent hydro generated and the cost of electricity to Norwegians is less than half that paid by Australians.
I believe electric cars will be adopted more readily in Australia when their range can be extended and charging times and costs of the vehicles are reduced significantly, but not beforehand.
Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.