'What about the plug?' Australia's electric car infrastructure stalled by policy paralysis

(The Guardian, 3 Feb 2019) Why has it taken so long just to move past the bare minimum needed to support what is now an expanding sector?

Last September, Sylvia Wilson became the second person in the country to drive around Australia in an electric car.

The entire 20,396 kilometre trip took the 70-year-old 110 days in her Tesla S75 and cost just $150.90.

Her success served as an answer to critics who have long argued “range anxiety” – the worry about whether an electric car’s battery will die out of reach of a charging station – is a factor stopping more people buying electric cars.

“The reality is that if you can see the lights on or that the kettle works, then you can charge. Even in the remotest places, you can still charge the car. In a way there are more places to charge an EV [electric vehicle] than there are a fossil-fuel car,” Wilson told Guardian Australia at the time.

While Wilson showed what’s possible with existing infrastructure, industry insiders and engineers have been left wondering why it’s taken so long for Australia just to move past the bare minimum needed to support an expanding electric car sector.

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The Guardian, 3 Feb 2019: 'What about the plug?' Australia's electric car infrastructure stalled by policy paralysis