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Is Australia ready for EV fleets?

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Renewable Portfolio Manager SmartestEnergy Australia Pty Ltd

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I don’t think Australia is ready for electric fleet in its full capacity, with the changes in the NEM, I feel like it us too complex to manage the efficiencies in charger-vehicle-grid. Thoughts? Maybe Batteries as part of the solution? 

I am sharing a link to an article outlining 3 important items to be considered by fleet owners/operator when thinking about going electric. 

1) Ask for help

2) Use software to manage charging to save time, money and headaches

3) Think about maintenance ad the long-term upkeep

However, it is clear that this article reflects the reality of mature markets such as UK Power market. However, in Australia is a totally different story. We are miles behind the UK in terms of infrastructure and going through a process of transition from coal power generation to renewables with transmissions not keeping up with the speed of renewables penetration.

 

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Matt Chester on May 16, 2022

Very interesting to see how the integration of EVs varies across countries. The tech is available to all, obviously, but there are so many different and unique infrastructure-related challenges. At least those countries who may be behind the curve have the ability to take heed of lessons learned from the early movers, though!

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Jim Stack on May 17, 2022

I have always heard there are a lot of trucks in caravans in Australia. They would be great for self driving and fleets of efficient Electric trucks. Tesla is starting to take orders for their Semi trucks. It could be a great thing for many countries . 

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Yamary Gonzalez on May 17, 2022

The penetration of Electric trucks would be a real game changer in Australia. However, we go back to my original comment as to the level of infrastructure required. 

Australian fuel market is dominated by Diesel rather than Petrol due to the mining activities and the love affair of Australians for caravans and four-wheel drives. 

Road Freight is also an important demand for Diesel, so this market will certainly have a greater impact than the direct retail (particular vehicles).

Thanks for sharing your comments

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