Chris ‘Blackouts’ Bowen charging his EV And he was still standing there one hour later!

Apparently, none of his advisors had told our Minister for Climate Change and Energy that he didn’t have to hold the EV charging connector like you do at a petrol bowser.

This is how he responded when he was finally advised that he could walk away and leave it to charge on its own.

Only kidding, of course, he didn’t really stand there the whole time!

But waiting for an EV to charge is certainly a hassle. On a recent timed trip in an $87,000 EV from Sydney to Melbourne and back it took an additional 3 hrs due to the six stops required to recharge the battery.

And it cost more than it would have done in a petrol-driven car!

Worse still is not knowing how far you can go to find a charging station that’s both immediately available and in working order. That leads to what is called ‘range anxiety’.

And even worse is not knowing if the battery is going to self-ignite while it’s being recharged in your garage at home or in the underground car park of your apartment block. Or even while you are driving.

EV battery fires have occurred under all those circumstances. Some have been extinguished by water and others have simply been left to burn out on their own.

Recently there have been two large lithium-ion battery fires in Australia – one in the Sydney Airport car park and another at the Bouldercombe battery storage site in Queensland. Both caused substantial property damage.

And there have been many one-off incidents of lithium-ion batteries self-igniting.

Apart from fire damage, EV lithium-ion batteries take a long while and a lot of water to extinguish. Water damage is therefore an additional risk if a battery fire should occur on business or home premises and water is considered necessary. And the fumes are toxic! Firefighters need to wear protective clothing.

Tesla EV battery fire at Bouldercombe battery storage site in Queensland

Then there is the question of whether changing to EVs in Australia will ‘save the planet’?

The short answer is ‘No’.

Firstly, Australia only produces just over 1% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, so nothing we do will make any worthwhile difference to global warming, least of all eliminating the tiny amount of CO2 produced by our petrol and diesel vehicles.

Secondly, the EV manufacturing process – including batteries – creates as much or even more CO2 than that produced when manufacturing a standard ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle.

Thirdly, the mining of rare minerals such as nickel, cobalt, and lithium required for EV batteries creates even more carbon dioxide.

And then there is the matter of cost. EV’s currently cost far more than an equivalent ICE vehicle. Costs are likely to reduce as production increases but experts advise that the cost of replacement batteries is likely to substantially increase due to a likely future shortage of minerals and the cost of mining them.

EV batteries currently cost between $5000 – $20,000 depending on the make and model of the vehicle and battery. 

Latest EV sales modelling from our Transport Department shows that Australia will only likely reach 27% of new e-car sales by 2030 instead of the government’s target of 89%.

They also forecast that EV vehicles will only comprise 0.5% of total vehicles on our roads by 2030 compared to the Albanese government’s targeted 15%.

This is despite the fact that Communist China is flooding the international market with cheaper heavily subsidised vehicles in a brazen attempt to dominate the EV market worldwide as they have already done with wind turbines and solar panels.

Auto manufacturers in Europe, North America and Asia are pushing back but with little success so far.

Once China achieves its goals their prices will undoubtedly increase across all products – and that will include EV vehicles, batteries and components, so vehicle servicing will likely become more expensive.

Which brings us to the matter of national security and our reliance on China-made products. Do we really want to continue to sell coal and gas to a communist country like China that will then sell back to us – at an enormous premium – the products they have manufactured with our resources?

This is stupidity of the highest order – especially when you consider that the Albanese ALP-Greens government is firmly set on a policy of reducing or even eliminating altogether our domestic use of coal and gas.

According to them, it’s okay to sell coal and gas to a foreign adversary but not utilise those resources ourselves – despite the fact that to do so would make absolutely no meaningful impact on global warming.

We also know from bitter experience that Prime Minister Albanese will not complain to China regarding their dumping of cheap products into the Australian market.

We learned that lesson when our sailors were harmed by the Chinese Navy’s sonar pulse attack on HMAS Toowoomba’s divers in international waters and Albanese failed to raise the issue with his new ‘best mate’ Xi Jinping when he met with him.

As with everything else relating to the non-existent ‘climate emergency’, our government is so obsessed with reaching Net Zero that it fails to see how ridiculous their objectives truly are and how much it will eventually cost Australian taxpayers.

The EV issue is a good example. The basic fact is that EVs are unsuitable for Australian conditions. They are okay for inner-Westies who only drive to the local coffee shop – but not for the rest of us who need or want to drive long distances.

Many thanks for the images provided by The Spectator Australia and leading political cartoonist Johannes Leak.