WA Electric Highways!

For West Australian Members of the AEVA
Forum rules
All may view this forum, only AEVA Members may post here.
User avatar
reecho
Senior Member
Posts: 565
Joined: Sun, 17 Apr 2011, 02:39
Real Name: Richard Baird
Location: Perth WA
Contact:

WA Electric Highways!

Post by reecho » Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 20:47

Looks like the RAC will have some explaining to do then....

I'm all for user charges. But the other side of the coin is that the end user will expect VERY HIGH UPTIME....at least I would...

User avatar
acmotor
Senior Member
Posts: 3591
Joined: Thu, 26 Apr 2007, 03:30
Real Name: Tuarn
Location: Perth,Australia

WA Electric Highways!

Post by acmotor » Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 23:50

Just stirring here....

I'm thinking that by the time this charging infrastructure is up and running, I will have moved on to an EV that has more range than the length of the charging highway anyway... Image
Does that mean that, like hybrids, public EV charging is just a blip in history ?
3 years ago I really wanted a charging highway. Now I just want a Tesla.... and if I've forked out all that money for the pleasure of pioneering, I sure as heck don't want to be paying again for charging.

iMiEV MY12     99,820km in pure Electric and loving it !

User avatar
offgridQLD
Senior Member
Posts: 1794
Joined: Tue, 23 Jul 2013, 16:05
Real Name: Kurt
Location: Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

WA Electric Highways!

Post by offgridQLD » Wed, 11 Mar 2015, 00:35

AC motor,
        I know you were messing around but are you sure you want a Tesla. If paying a few dollars for a fast charge is a issue then owning a Tesla for the long haul will have you in a world of budget pain. Hidiusly expensive repair / parts costs. That will in tern result in silly insurance costs. I see owning one as a massive liability though that's just me.

Kurt
Last edited by offgridQLD on Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 13:39, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
jonescg
Senior Member
Posts: 2105
Joined: Thu, 21 Jan 2010, 23:05
Real Name: Chris Jones
Location: Perth, WA.

WA Electric Highways!

Post by jonescg » Wed, 11 Mar 2015, 00:36

Much of EV design, and associated infrastructure for that matter, is about addressing perceived problems. The Tesla has a 470 km range because people think they need to drive 470 km per charge, even though 200-250 km would have sufficed.

The Volt is about $20,000 more expensive than it needs to be, simply because of the perception of range. It would make an otherwise very nice EV.

I think having a small but reliable charging network will be very well received, as it can still account for those who thoughtlessly leave home with a half charged Tesla. It also means those of us who rarely drive can own a low range (i.e. affordable) electric car for around town, but still have the functionality of being able to go further, albeit as a punctuated trip. I agree though; there won't need to be be as many charging stations as there currently are petrol stations simply because you can charge at home.

In any case, it is a bit of a disappointment that it's gone from free to user pays, but this was always the expected outcome. Not going to help EV uptake any more though.
AEVA National Secretary, WA branch vice-chair

User avatar
reecho
Senior Member
Posts: 565
Joined: Sun, 17 Apr 2011, 02:39
Real Name: Richard Baird
Location: Perth WA
Contact:

WA Electric Highways!

Post by reecho » Fri, 24 Apr 2015, 19:02

The Motor Report article...

TMR

User avatar
jonescg
Senior Member
Posts: 2105
Joined: Thu, 21 Jan 2010, 23:05
Real Name: Chris Jones
Location: Perth, WA.

WA Electric Highways!

Post by jonescg » Sun, 26 Apr 2015, 04:48

If Western Power can get their sh*t together it can all happen as soon as June...
AEVA National Secretary, WA branch vice-chair

User avatar
reecho
Senior Member
Posts: 565
Joined: Sun, 17 Apr 2011, 02:39
Real Name: Richard Baird
Location: Perth WA
Contact:

WA Electric Highways!

Post by reecho » Fri, 22 May 2015, 01:22

Story from RAC Horizons magazine...

Horizons_Horizons_June_July_15.pdf

Post Reply