Transport Australia is one of a growing number of Australian cities, state and federal governments, and other entities using technology to reduce CO2 emissions by driving electric vehicles.
In a bid to improve air pollution, the country is using smart electric vehicles (EVs) to monitor and reduce CO02 emissions.
The technology involves monitoring the electric vehicle’s battery life and temperature.
This can then be used to inform the vehicle’s driver and other drivers.
It also can be used for “smart grid” functions, where the EV’s batteries can be charged via solar panels.
The aim is to reduce the need for fossil fuel vehicles by shifting to electric vehicles that emit fewer greenhouse gases.
“The goal is to get the vehicle to zero emissions in the same timeframe that it was produced,” says Paul Troughton, chief technology officer at Transport Australia.
“If we can do that, the whole country can be cleaner in the long term.”
The aim of smart EVs is to avoid a scenario where an electric vehicle with an extra 50 kilometres of range is needed every year to run the electricity needed by the average household, such as heat pumps, heating systems and air conditioning.
The government says the technology has already seen savings of about $2,500 per year.
But the technology isn’t a panacea.
It isn’t entirely clear whether this technology is actually saving lives, since many of the EVs it monitors aren’t actually being used in Australia.
A report published in the journal Energy Policy last year found that, “more than half of the vehicles used in the United States and Australia, and more than a third of the cars in Germany, India, and the Netherlands, are not actually used in driving.”
But the benefits of smart EV technology aren’t necessarily as apparent to those who are still trying to decide whether it’s worth it to take a risk.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing to try it,” says David Gaffney, a PhD student at the University of Queensland who is studying the potential for smart EVs to improve the air quality of Melbourne.
“But I think you need to have a realistic assessment of the risk of CO 2 emissions to make that decision.
And the real risk of emissions is very low.”
But he says the government’s EV pilot programme has helped people decide whether or not they should try it.
“For the people who are trying to use the EV, I think they’re making some really good assumptions about what they’re doing, because the people they’re looking at are all young and middle class people,” he says.
“And so if you can convince them that they’re going to be doing something that’s going to improve their lives, then they’re more likely to do it.”‘
We are very excited about this technology’In Melbourne, Transport Minister Nick McKim says he is confident the EV pilot will prove to be a successful experiment.
“We are really excited about the technology.
We’re looking forward to seeing how it works, but also, as a public policy, to see what the impacts of the EV program will be,” he said.”
That’s what we are trying for here.
But it’s not clear if the pilot will be enough to save the planet, even though the government has been encouraging people to drive EVs.””
And the more we can learn from this, the more effective we can be in reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide.”
But it’s not clear if the pilot will be enough to save the planet, even though the government has been encouraging people to drive EVs.
“It’s important to remember that the only real solution to climate change is emissions reductions,” Dr McKim said.
“We are extremely excited about that technology, but we know that it’s very difficult to implement and it’s likely to take decades to be effective.”