Labor’s assertion that it wants 50 per cent of new cars to be electric by 2030 is a disheartening proposition for someone like me who has grown up loving the sound of a vintage muscle car with all that grunt and horsepower under the bonnet. Although, if these elaborate electric cars are really going to save our planet, I’m sure I’ll live. (Yes, pun intended).
But will they?
Inevitably, electric cars put the end in weekends. The majority of electric vehicles on sale in Australia can only travel between 30km and 50km before they need recharging. For me, this would mean my car is powerless after a mediocre trip to university. Camping trips to your favourite interstate destination are only possible if you’re willing to charge your car for 15 minutes every 200km you wish to drive.
American company Tesla leads the way in electric vehicle design, however its most advanced electric engine currently only travels 506km before it needs recharging. How will truck drivers who do 6000km round trips keep up with consumer demand if they have to make so many stops to re-charge?
Sure, electric cars are punchier at take-off because the power to the wheels occurs instantaneously. However, electric cars reach maximum torque quickly, rendering the majority of them incapable of towing boats or trailers. Those on the market that do offer enough torque to tow come with a hefty six-figure price tag. In fact, the cheapest and most basic electric car is still out of the picture for most students, starting at $40,000.
Another issue is the need for charging stations. With less than 800 charging ports currently in Australia, some owners of apartment blocks are contemplating installing charging ports in carparks, increasing body corporate fees. Is it just a pure case of bad luck for those stuck in leases who don’t have a spare $10,000 to fund charging stations?
I’m sure the relevant industries will eventually adapt as electric car technology improves to continue saving our climate. For now, I will enjoy every last sound of a revving internal combustion (petrol) engine in a classic car.