Electric Cars take Charge in Victoria Trial
An electric car trial has shown that Melbourne could go electric for its driving needs with relative ease, according to The Age.
120 households and 50 corporate fleets took part in the Victoria trial. Early results found that electric vehicles were most appropriate for people driving up to 50 kilometres a day. With the majority of Melbourne residents driving fewer than 35 kilometres a day, the switch should be feasible without having an adverse impact on people's lifestyles.
However, pricing is still a major issue with electric cars. In addition, users would probably require a charge point at home. These cost in the region of $2,000-$3,000 each to install.
The report suggested that two-car households would probably get the most from an electric vehicle. Petrol cars and hybrids are seen as better options for longer journeys, so an electric car could be used for smaller trips with a back-up petrol car, said Alternative Technology Association spokesman, Craig Memery.