Victoria’s Transition to Electric Vehicles

Victoria’s Transition to Electric Vehicles

17 February 2024

The February 2024 Saturday Seminar, entitled Victoria’s Transition to Electric Vehicles, was a fascinating presentation by Kevin English, a long-term U3APP member and EV enthusiast and owner of a Tesla Model Y. Kevin was authoritative, well researched and very informative.

Kevin guided us through the history of EV’s, which first appeared in 1828 but were overtaken by vehicles with internal combustion engines developed in 1876. The revival of EVs started in the 1970s with disruption to oil prices and in the late 1980s with climate change becoming a global issue. The first EV vehicle was introduced in 1996 and there are now over 40 different EV cars available in Australia, notwithstanding electric bikes and electric scooters also potentially contributing to the reduction in air pollution.

Most instructive was the overview of the features of EV cars and what it is like to drive them. Not so exciting was the government rebates available in Australia, being minimal in Victoria. Batteries are an essential component of EVs and the presentation covered charging, technology, disposal and fires.

Kevin concluded by recommending that you consider how you will charge an EV before purchasing and that you keep informed as vehicle and battery technology, government rebates and charging options are continually evolving.

The seminar was ably facilitated by Libby Smith.

A recording of the seminar can be seen HERE

Also here is a PDF of Kevin’s SLIDES

Diane Boyle, U3APP IT Team

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