The change has already begun and it is unstoppable. In a few years we will all move in electric cars. Countries and governments want to make this a cleaner and more sustainable world. Electric mobility is indispensable in the environmental agendas and the example of Europe will soon be followed by new territories. Australia wants to be the next to ban the sale of combustion cars by 2035although in the case of the vast country there are many complications that must first be resolved.
A few weeks ago, the 27 member countries of the European Union agreed, not without some opposition, that the year 2035 will be the last year in which combustion cars are marketed. A drastic step that will affect almost 450 million drivers throughout the old continent. After the announcement, many territories are evaluating the option of following the same line, although few seem to have spoken about it. The first to raise its voice has been Australia, although only a part of it.
Specifically, it has been the Government of ACT (Australian Capital Territory). Keep in mind that Australia is almost a country made continent. Its dimensions are brutal. To get an idea, you only have to compare the area represented by the European Union and its 27 member countries and Australia. While the European area reaches 4.4 million square kilometers, the Australian area reaches 7.74 million square kilometers, hectare above, hectare below. That is to say that Australia is bigger than all of Europe.
With so much territory, the country is divided into six states and two mainland territories: the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory or ACT. In it is the capital of the country, Canberra and has a population of less than 500,000 inhabitants. As wellthe local government has been the first to raise its voice after the European agreement, aspiring to replicate the same environmental policies by 2035. Measures that would be applied locally but that would open the possibility of being extended to other territories with the aim of reaching the entire country.
It is almost impossible for Australia to end up embracing electric mobility in the short or medium term. Its vast territory and low population density make it unfeasible to build a functional charging infrastructure. Long distances are difficult to manage, and with so much population scattered over so much land, the goal of zero emissions is almost unthinkable, but not if you act locally, as is what the Australian capital territory proposes.
The objective is to reach between 80 and 90% of sales 100% electric. It also seeks to eliminate polluting public transport fleets, such as taxis. There are plans for increase public charging infrastructure in the region, counting 70 charging points in 2023 to more than 180 in 2025. To achieve this, the Government will promote aid measures such as interest-free loans for the purchase of electric cars or the delivery of subsidies to implement the private charging network. These are modest figures, but important within the objective of global neutrality.