Shorten’s energy crisis in the making for Labor
Robert Gottliebsen’s article, in the ‘Australian’, 11/4/19, may force the many potential buyers of EV’s to proceed with caution:
The danger came home to him, when he met up with an affluent, long-time Melbourne acquaintance who lives in a street where there are six Tesla cars. If all six proud Electric Vehicle owners try to charge their EV battery at the same time, the power goes out in the street, because the grid fails – some times, it fails when just three, or four charge at the same time.
You see, our Power Grid is designed to transmit predictable, regular waves of power through it’s wires and transformers. But… suddenly, we began generating large amounts of power from different directions, and much of this is intermittent and based on less predictable sources, such as wind and sunshine. So, instead of being regular waves of electrons travelling in one direction, – choppy electron flows hit the transformers, causing greatly increased operating temperatures.
You don’t have to be very bright to know that most nights, up to 70% of our population habitually switch on the ‘aircon’, & go to the shower, before cooking the evening meal, (often, while the family are watching TV). The majority of these actions occurs somewhere between 5pm & 10pm, and most rely on power from the grid.
In Bill Shorten’s ‘new green world’, there’ll be yet another task – i.e. Recharging the EV battery in 50% of homes, probably for many hours, after dark.
Statistics reveal, Australian households currently use, on average, approx. 20k/Wt per day. By comparison, a full charge for an electric vehicle battery needs about 60k/Wt – That’s THREE times the normal household consumption. Power Bills could treble.
So, the progression from conventional vehicle to an EV involves :
- a) Buying the pure-electric vehicle ….let’s say, at least $45,000,
- b) Installing a suitable wall-mounted Charger ….let’s say $13,000,
- c) Saving up for the annual Energy Bill – let’s say, an extra $3,000 per annum….
- d) Check that there aren’t many EV’s in your street – or you’ll be wasting your money !
That’s a total cost over $60,000…. (the average family may choke on this).
Don’t expect to trade in your old beast – There’ll be thousands of rusty cars everywhere.
Bill says he expects there will be about 600,000 pure electric vehicles on Australian roads by 2030. Yet, the Labor/Greens Alliance are committed to gradually close Coal-Fired Power Stations, the source of most reliable, base-load power.
Bill also says fully subsidised Renewables will provide CHEAPER Energy prices. SURE.
What plan does Bill have to DOUBLE Australia’s electricity supply to enable half the population to regularly charge their Electric Vehicle. Well, BILL hasn’t mentioned it.
THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S PURE FANTASY…..Bullshit Bill can only guarantee Energy Chaos.
Correction to my previous post “80kwh @ $.31 per day (what we were being charged)”, should read 80kwh @ $.31 per kwh.
Bill shorten has no idea , firstly does he know how much each charge is going to cost the consumers , He also wants to increase wages and all that does is force prices up and then up go wages and then prices go up once again making our labour less affordable on world markets . He is a dill and couldn’t manage a naughty in a brothel with a thousand dollars in his hand
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As if your post is not bad enough, the figures are not quite correct. when we were on grid power (no more), we were using between 21 and 25 kwh per day, but I’ll take your 20 kwh as the datum. If as you say, the car requires another 60kwh a day, that’s 80 kwh a day.
80kwh @ $.31 per day (what we were being charged) times 365 days is $9052, not $3000, making around $67000 a year.
The old age pension stands at around $18000 a year, so an ev is not even a consideration.
Australia is neanderthal when it comes to motor vehicles, we have suffered under the whip of LNP Government for far too long, For motor vehicles we now rely solely on overseas models entirely. Adequate supply of Mains and Solar electricity is in it’s infancy in this country and especially in country areas. It is hopeless to believe electric cars outside of metropolitan areas can be considered. To make matters even more laughable, there is little or no training for current licenced motor mechanics to repair or service electric cars and TAFE systems across Australia are years behind. Having said all this and there is more, I personally support the introduction of electric motor vehicles BUT my grandchildren will see this happen. The extortionate price of fossil fuels may speed the process but I doubt by not too many years. For those who may wish to laugh up their sleeves at my comment, I am licensed motor mechanic and a TAFE teacher, so open your books, stop day dreaming “boys” and do some homework. “WILMA, get the stone age model out of the Australian garage”
I beg to differ..Why? Electric cars ARE NOT THE BE ALL..There are many other ideas such as HYDROGEN FUELED ..WATER..This is a new area where Australia must start to open up MANUFACTURING and Aussie have the skills…The lack of “ELECTRICITY BOWSERS”
has been tested in WA ….that is another jobs market.. Hell how would cars be if someone invented …A “NUKE CAR’….
Everything has to be” re-thunked”..where the world is going and what will be left for our kids…
don’t forget the ethanol which can be produced from cane sugar …