National gets up my nose when it starts to act like a socialist government, something it is increasingly doing. The only people interested in buying electric cars are wealthy Greens and wealthy Blue/Greens like MPs Simon Bridges and Nikki Kaye. Blue Greens are the left wing of the National Party who, like Socialists, think they know better than ourselves what’s ‘good’ for us. They tend to believe climate change fraudsters and ride e-bikes. Sadly, one of them is Transport Minister.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges is promising a range of incentives to encourage more Kiwis into electric cars (EVs).
Only 1000 of them are registered in New Zealand and a plummeting oil price is not helping the uptake.
Governments in the US, Europe and China have heavily subsidised the price of EVs in order to encourage its citizens to buy them. They have also heavily subsidised the spread of ‘charging points’, the infrastructure needed to support EVs. The EU (European Union) has gone further and demanded its member states meet targets for installing EV infrastructure. Why? Because they have bought into the Green notion that carbon emissions from cars are bad for the ‘environment’ and ‘bad’ for us and, of course, the planet.
Be that as it may, worldwide the electric car industry is in trouble. Despite all the help from taxpayers and ratepayers people are still not buying electric cars in the numbers their governments demand.
- They still cost much more than conventional cars
- The price of oil is falling making running conventional cars even cheaper
- Charging an EV takes much longer than filling a car
- The EU has dropped proposed targets for the number of hydrogen filling stations and electric charging points member countries must install by 2020 because of the high cost.
- Most damningly, it turns out EVs are bad for the environment
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology study found greenhouse gas emissions rose dramatically if coal was used to produce the electricity. [the US, Europe and China]
Electric car factories also emitted more toxic waste than conventional car factories, their report in the Journal of Industrial Ecology said.
If and when people are prepared to pay the real cost of buying these vehicles, and they do so in big numbers then private power companies will provide the charging stations because they can make money out of them. Until then, National needs to get real and stop wasting our money trying to pick winners by subsidising its favoured corporates.