Electric Vehicles Get Free Rego In Canberra

 

The Greens in the ACT have announced favorable subsidies for electric vehicle (EV) purchasers and owners as part of a $50 million initiative to convert ACT transport to electric. With a ton of government handouts and a sweet offer of free rego, the ACT Greens intend to make EVs affordable, available and convenient.

With the ACT’s electricity supply now a 100% renewable, their aim to reach zero carbon emissions by 2045 falls solely to the territory’s transport industry. With vehicles, accounting for 64% of the ACT’s negative emissions, the transition to electric is a big part of the ACTs carbon neutrality goal.

The only issue with the electric switch (pun intended), is that electric vehicles are notoriously expensive to purchase. Sitting at around $50,000, electric cars are not a viable option for many across the territory.Electric Vehicle

In 2019 the ACT had the highest number of EV purchases in Australia with an underwhelming 134 vehicles sold. Electric vehicles represented only 83 of 10,000 vehicles purchased within that year.

So how will the ACT make EVs a safe, affordable and convenient choice?

ACT Greens Offer a Sweet Deal

If the ACT Greens still hold political power during the September 2020 elections, the party plans to support electric vehicle uptake through the following plans:

  • A $10,000 handout to ACT residents who purchase a zero-emissions car or motorbike (half will be a direct subsidy and half will be a no-interest loan scheme).
  • $3 million in grants to businesses, body corporations and community organisations to help them install charging infrastructure.
  • $20 million in grant funding for community, businesses, and not-for-profit organisations to buy suitable electric vehicles.
  • Free registration for zero-emission vehicle owners from 2021-2024.
  • 50% off retail price e-bike purchases.

Are Electric Cars the Future for Australia?

Lack of current electric vehicle infrastructure (charging stations) does not make electric cars a viable option for the majority of Australia. An increase in charging stations and EV subsidies, such as the one that the ACT Greens are proposing, could be the starting point that pushes Australia to turn transportation renewable.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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