Here I was thinking that I has bought my last car and wouldn’t be in the market for another car. But no. Bill Shorten is promising to subsidise Australians into luxury cars.
“How long does it take to charge it up?” Jackie O asked the alternative prime minister in an interview on the Kyle and Jackie O radio show this morning.
“Oh, it can take, umm … it depends on what your original charge is, but it can take, err, 8 to 10 minutes depend on your charge, it can take longer … ” Mr Shorten replied unconvincingly.
“Is that all?” Jackie O pressed.
“Well it depends how flat your battery is,” Mr Shorten said. You can listen to the audio here.
To be fair – it does depend on how flat your battery is – on that logic you can fill up your petrol tank on $10. It just depends on how empty your tank is.
Today Anthony Albanese is out and about defending Shorten.
I don’t know what he said but he is quite right.
Err no. This is what he said:
Mr Albanese, the opposition infrastructure spokesman, said this morning that newer EVs could in fact be charged within ten minutes, according to new technology in Europe.
“The truth is the Electric Vehicles Council will tell you the latest technology provides for charging that can take 10 minutes,” he told Sky News.
“That’s absolutely what the technology is delivering in places like Europe.”
But Mr Albanese conceded it would take much longer to charge older, and cheaper, electric cars.
No. Not “Europe”. Just Germany.
This is an important arguing point. So I went and had a look at what could be done:
Reducing charge times is a key factor for widespread EV adoption, and BMW and Mercedes just took a new step in that direction. A Porsche EV prototype charged at a record 400 kW rate, gaining 100 km of range in just three minutes, while BMW brought its research i3 vehicle from a 10 to 80 percent charge in 15 minutes. Both companies were testing out a new 450 kW charger recently inaugurated in Jettingen-Scheppach, Bavaria as part of part of their “FastCharge” consortium.
The new EV Porsche coming is at a mere US$85,000 – before government subsidy – will be on our roads soon.