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Electronic vehicles to reduce Council’s carbon footprint

Published on 23 May 2019

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Two electric cars have just joined our car fleet here at Yarra Ranges, as part of our commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.

Through our work in installing more than 2000 solar panels on Council buildings, upgrading lighting and heating systems, we’re trying to reduce our carbon emissions wherever possible.

Greenhouse gas emissions from electric vehicles are significantly lower than standard internal combustion engines, even when charged from regular grid energy.

Click here for some frequently asked questions

A typical small car generates about 4.77 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2e) per year. Our electric cars – two Hyundai IONIQs - create zero tailpipe emissions, and would only generate 2.46 tonnes of CO2e if charged on grid electricity.

On top of the emissions reduction, we expect these cars will save Council about $2000 each year in terms of petrol savings and even more as a result of lower servicing costs, thanks to fewer moving parts.

We’ve had hybrid vehicles in our fleet for some time, but investing in fully electric vehicles for employees to drive will save us money, encourage all of us to use renewable energy and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.

We’re seeing cities in Europe banning diesel and petrol cars, and the manufacturing of diesel engines to be phased out.

We might be a while away from that here in Australia, with a fairly limited uptake of electric vehicles by the mass market, but this is expected to rapidly change in coming years.

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Yarra Ranges Council CEO Tammi Rose with Council's new electronic vehicles.

Council’s electric cars can be driven for about 200km with heating or air conditioning running, and will take about four hours to charge completely – but that will rarely be needed.

The average Australian drives less than 50km each day and with the ability to charge cars easily overnight, the electric car is a good alternative for most drivers, including our staff.

Introducing electric cars aligns with our Health and Wellbeing Strategy, our Adapting to a Changing Climate and Energy Future Plan and Environmental Strategy. It’s also a great way for us to lead by example and help to normalise the use of electric vehicles.

As these cars become more common, we’ll have to rethink the way we look at cars and adapt to charging – both fast charging and longer charges at home – instead of filling up with petrol.

Cr Tony Stevenson, Yarra Ranges Mayor

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

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  • How much money will these cars save in petrol dollars?

    How much money will these cars save in petrol dollars?

    In terms of operating and maintenance cost, there is an annual saving of around $2,000.

    This is based on 20,000km of annual travel, and the cost of unleaded petrol at $1.50 per litre.

    Electric vehicles typically have much lower servicing costs than a similar-sized petrol car because they have fewer moving parts.

  • How much did the electric cars cost?

    How much did the electric cars cost?

    The EVs cost about $40,000 each which is about 25 per cent more than a comparable petrol car.

    However, the running costs are significantly cheaper, meaning the total cost of owning and operating EVs will be lower over the years they are part of Council’s fleet.

  • How long do the cars need to be charged for?

    How long do the cars need to be charged for?

    A vehicle will take four hours to be fully charged. But charging from zero to 100 per cent will rarely be required.

    Our approach will be to plug them in whenever they are parked onsite, so they are topped up between use and ready to go.

  • How far can the cars drive for without needing a charge?

    How far can the cars drive for without needing a charge?

    The Hyundai IONIQ can be driven for approximately 200km, allowing for running the air conditioning or heating.

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