Motoring

Taking the EV way out

Hyundai ev-kona small SUV

MANY COUNTRIES are well ahead of Australia in the production and uptake of electric vehicles (EVs).

This could be attributed to our lack of manufacturers, or the distances we have to travel coupled with the lack of charging points.

In Europe carmakers will offer 214 electric car models in 2021, up from 60 at the end of 2018.

More affordable options could see consumers switch from petrol and diesel cars sooner than anticipated.

Analysis by the European Federation for Transport and Environment suggests that car manufacturers are now ready to embrace car electrification, with makers forecast to bring 92 fully electric models and 118 plugin hybrid models to market by 2025.

But are they safe? Recently BBC news reported that all new models of electric cars sold in the European Union must now make artificial noise under certain conditions.

A rule which came into force on July 22 means that all new EVs sold into the EU will have to feature a noise emitting device.

This follows concerns that low-emission cars and vans are too quiet and put pedestrians at risk because they can’t hear the vehicles approaching.

A car’s acoustic vehicle alert system (Avas) may emulate the sound of a traditional engine, or make other sounds which alert pedestrians, when reversing or travelling below 19kmph.

While cars are most likely to be near pedestrians when backing or driving slowly, drivers will have the option of deactivating the devices if they think it is necessary.

The BBC story reported that the European charity Guide Dogs, which had complained that it was difficult to hear EVs approaching has welcomed the change, but said that the sound should happen at all speeds.

UK Minister for Roads Michael Ellis has said that the British government wanted “the benefits of green transport to be felt by everyone.”

“I understand the concerns of the visually and hearing impaired, and this new requirement will give pedestrians added confidence when crossing the road,” he said.

WA’s Western Power website has a page dedicated to EVs, which states that “owning an electric vehicle is gaining momentum in Australia, and it’s not hard to see why – it’s greener, cheaper to maintain, and by 2025 is expected to match that of a conventional car.”

The site includes a map locating charging stations, which are popping up around the Perth metro area and regionally.

The PlugShare app identifies charging stations at Arthur River, Walpole and Bremer Bay.

But, did you know there is a point at Denmark Shire offices which is available to use at no cost.

It is located on the western side of the building.

Western Power’s reference to The Jetsons may well mean that an EV future is coming soon to a charging point near you.