Electric Vehicle sales are booming in Australia, according to a new report from the Electric Vehicle Council
The Electric Vehicle Council is the national body in Australia, representing businesses involved in producing, powering, and supporting EV’s.
New figures by the Electric Vehicle Council reveal new EV sales have spiked to record highs, in just six months.
In a nutshell, EV sales are up, the range of EV models is up, charging infrastructure is up and the Government support of EV’s is up.
Behyad Jafari is the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council and is on a mission to electrify road transport in Australia.
“Within the first half of 2021, we’ve sold more electric vehicles than we did all of last year. We’re on track to more than double Electric Vehicles sales in these 12 months.”
Behyad Jafari, CEO Electric Vehicle Council
The last twelve months have demonstrated that electric vehicles are here to stay in Australia, and indeed around the world.
Electric vehicle sales have grown despite the global pandemic, and with the world now in an economic recovery phase, this growth is expected to continue.
The figures show new Electric Vehicle sales data shows 8688 batteries and plug-ins have sold in the first half of this year.
State of Electric Vehicles 2021 out today!
The one stop shop for data and analysis for Australia's #EV industry. To find out how your state scored on #EV policy this year, check our page 14: https://t.co/8UCvhDv9Xj pic.twitter.com/LMNvLEcoQY
— Electric Vehicle Council of Australia (@EVCouncil) August 22, 2021
300+ Tritium RTM fast chargers are anticipated to be installed by @EvieNetworks over the next 2 years. With funding from @ARENA_aus, the chargers will be installed at 158 destinations – greatly increasing the availability of fast charging across Australia.https://t.co/2WPi7Yme3B
— Tritium (@TritiumCharging) August 17, 2021
Government incentives are now pouring support into the market. The market is predicting to see rapid growth into the long term future.
This period also saw the introduction of Australia’s best electric vehicle policy to date, with the NSW state government introducing an Electric Vehicle Strategy.
The strategy is backed by $500m of investment to accelerate the uptake of zero-emissions vehicles.
The NSW Government incentive program is significant and comparable with leading sectors overseas. These kinds of incentives create greater confidence in availability and sales in the market.
All positives, no negatives
Transport emissions are one of the biggest causes of greenhouse gases in Australia. Therefore, the shift to Electric Vehicles is vital for the environment, but also our health and fuel security as well.
“We need to move away from fossil fuels to power our trucks, and buses and cars, and we need to move towards zero-emission vehicles.”
Scott Hamilton, Energy expert & Ticker climate co-host
Models and Makes on Aussie Shores
There are thirty-one models of Electric Vehicles for sale in Australia including Hyundai, Nissan, MG, and Tesla. In addition, 14 of the models are valued at under $65, 000.
In Australia, the figures predict there will be 58 Electric Vehicle models by 2022. Australia currently has over 3000 charging stations, with more on the way.
Globally, several carmakers have now set timelines to become 100% electric including Jaguar Land Rover by 2025 and Volvo by 2030. Others include Mazda, Nissan, Honda Daimler, and General Motors.
In addition, other carmakers have committed to electric vehicle model targets by 2025. For example, Audi is set to have 30 electric vehicle models available by 2025 and the Volkswagen Group is aiming for 70 by 2028.
There will be a wide range of models and different price points. With prices ranging upwards of $40,000.
Soon, we will see price parity with fossil fueled vehicles, when prices begin to dip below $30, 000.
— Nissan Electric (@NissanElectric) April 22, 2021
Accelerate in the right direction
The rest of the world’s leading economies are committed to transitioning away from petrol and diesel cars.
Most recently, United States President Joe Biden signed an executive order to electrify 50% of all vehicles sold by 2030.
Now, Australia is moving in the right direction as well.
We have to leverage a whole-of-government effort to lift up workers and strengthen American leadership in the clean cars of the future.
To set that all-out effort into motion, I’m signing an executive order with a target of electrifying 50% of all vehicles sold by 2030.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 5, 2021
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Trump’s campaign tactic – debase and disgrace the legal process
Donald Trump, former president of the United States, hated Arraignment Day I in Manhattan two months ago, the first time a former president had been criminally charged.
Trump was being forced against his will into a proceeding he had utter contempt for. He was being arrested and fingerprinted and photographed under an indictment under the jurisdiction of Manhattan in New York City for allegations of hush money payments and fraudulent bookkeeping practices to conceal criminal activity. Trump heard the charges read out against him and he entered a plea of not guilty.
Trump had a terrible day. Trump wore a scowl throughout. His countenance was fearsome. What Trump hated most about his arraignment in New York is that he had to sit at a table with his counsel side by side with him — equal to him — and with the judge above him looking down on him. Trump could not control the discussion and could not interrupt to make his points.
Trump was subordinate to the judge. He was subordinate to no one as president.
Arraignment Day II
Arraignment Day II in Miami will be worse from Trump, even more stressful. The charges are substantially more serious: the alleged violation of federal criminal statutes involving the alleged mishandling and illegal possession of classified documents, lying to legal authorities, and obstruction of justice. Potential penalties run to years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
Trump throughout his business life had always crafted his affairs to avoid being a defendant. But in his term in office, he was caught up in it big time. He was a defendant in two impeachment trials – again, unprecedented events – and left office in disgrace.
But Trump does not feel disgraced. He never does. Trump does not have a reverse gear. He never retreats. Never admits. Never concedes. Never yields. Trump is never embarrassed. Trump never feels ashamed. When something goes wrong, it is always the fault of someone else.
Bill Barr SLAMS his former boss:— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) June 11, 2023
“He’s not a victim here. He was totally wrong that he had the right to have those documents. Those documents are among the most sensitive secrets that the country has…He had no right to maintain them and retain them”pic.twitter.com/VViNFpwbzt
And Trump never repents.
Trump can feel this way because Trump is waging war on behalf of his armies in “the final battle” for the future of the county. In his first, fiery post-indictment speech in Georgia, Trump said, “They’ve launched one witch hunt after another to try and stop our movement, to thwart the will of the American people. In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you … “Either we have a Deep State, or we have a Democracy…Either the Deep State destroys America, or WE destroy the Deep State.”
It is a powerful formulation, and his true believers love it.
Hours later, In North Carolina, Trump mainlined his distilled message for the Republican crowd:
“We are a failing nation. We are a nation in decline. And now these radical left lunatics want to interfere with our elections by using law enforcement.
It’s totally corrupt and we cannot let it happen.
.@RepDanGoldman: "Donald Trump believed the law does not apply to him, and that he would do anything he could to conceal and maintain possession of highly, highly classified national security information that would jeopardize our national security." https://t.co/IfX8bV4EVk pic.twitter.com/Gvjv8aNFkn— The Hill (@thehill) June 11, 2023
This is the final battle.
With you at my side we will demolish the Deep State.
We will expel the warmongers from our government.
We will drive out the globalists.
We will cast out the communists.
We will throw off the sick political class that hates our country.
We will roll out the fake news media.
We will defeat Joe Bide and we will liberate America from those villains once and for all.”
Any lesser mortal would be staggered by these events. Any other presidential candidate would be driven from the race. But not Trump.
Debase and disgrace
Trump is using the same playbook today as he successfully triggered after being charged in New York: debase and disgrace the legal process by terming it completely political. Trump said the federal indictment is “election interference at the highest level.”
Almost every other Republican running for president has adopted this line, insulating Trump from pressure to leave the field.
Trump’s chief opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said after these indictments: “The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society. We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation.”
Republican congressperson Nancy Mace: “This is a banana republic. I can’t believe this is happening.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “Democrats are arresting their political enemies. and they work together in their corrupt ways to get it done.”
Trump is using his affliction to raise millions of dollars from his base.
Trump will likely face Arraignment Day III in Georgia in August. A state prosecutor is expected to charge Trump with criminal interference in the certification of Georgia’s vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
As of now, there is no sign of cracks in Trump’s support among Republican voters. There is no surge to another candidate. What remains to be seen is whether Republican voters, as they see Trump spend his days in courtrooms and his evenings at rallies around the country, reach a conclusion that this is a spectacle too far, too much to bear, and that they want to turn to another conservative populist who stands for them in the political trials— and not the criminal trials – of 2024.
Donald Trump’s legal woes will serve him well
It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.
The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.
Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.
There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.
For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.
Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.
The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.
The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.
Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.
The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.
This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?
As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.
For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?
Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.
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