Australian Car Manufacturing must go electric Beyond Zero Emissions

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Australian Car Manufacturing must go electric

Posted on 24 Jan 2012

Australian car manufacturing to become extinct unless we shift to electric vehicles. The Australian car manufacturing industry will suffer a Kodak moment (they announced bankruptcy this week) if it fails to shift from polluting internal combustion engines (ICE) to efficient electric engines, said Matthew Wright Executive Director of climate and energy security think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions.

It is unfortunate that successive Australian governments have been throwing good money after bad continuing to prop up an unsustainable auto manufacturing sector with little result.

Subsidies supporting a 19th Century fossil fuel-based transport sector are about spending our hard earned money now to sell out our future said Wright Pain at the petrol pump has already set in for many Australians, so what would it feel like if Goldman Sachs are right and oil hits $200 a barrel.

What if the CSIRO future fuels forum prediction is correct and that we are headed for $8 a litre at the pump. Electrification of our transport system is the only way of dealing with this said Wright FORD — Subsidies have brought us the Big Falcon Flop which is now flightless and endangers the entire Ford Motor Company’s Australian operations.

The Falcon should be urgently replaced with a Ford Focus electric production line HOLDEN — General Motors Holden the Australian operations of GM, which is propped up by the US as well as Australian governments was on the verge of collapse at the height of the GFC.

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To protect Australian jobs and profit off Australian industrial endeavour the local plant must ditch the dirty polluting Commodore and shift the main production line to the GM/Holden volt. TOYOTA — Toyota Australia is shedding 350 positions, and there will be no one left if they do not spend the next 2-3 years retooling to produce the range extending PLUG-IN hybrid Toyota Prius.

Today’s range-extending plug-in hybrid vehicles from GM and Toyota combined with pure electric vehicles like the Ford Focus electric can suit every drivers needs, reduce running costs, increase energy security and reduce tailpipe emissions cleaning our city air and eliminating our carbon emissions.

For our jobs and our nation’s future prosperity in a diversified global economy, we must choose to electrify transportation just like the great electrification programs that brought electricity to the bush in the 40s and 50s.

Today we have the opportunity to retool and shift Australian domestic production from a measly 200,000 units to over 500,000 units with a simple switch to electric vehicles. Government subsidies such as tax breaks, FBT exemptions and bailouts must be immediately removed from non-electric vehicles. In addition, government fleets must build resiliency and cease the purchase of non electric vehicles for the security of the nation, Wright concluded.

FOR COMMENT: Matthew Wright, Executive Director Beyond Zero Emissions 0421 616 733 ALT: Mark Ogge, Director of Communications 0421 272 884 Beyond Zero Emissions is a not for profit climate and energy research organisation.

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