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The key to supply and support for electric vehicles


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Stop blaming the consumer for not wanting electric cars, the summit said.

The world may be a few years ahead of the mass proliferation of electric trucks, vans and tractors, but electric cars are accelerating in major economies, forecasters said at the BloombergNEF summit on Tuesday.

Chelsea Sexton, an advisor to a cheap car lending program in the United States that funded Tesla, Ford and Nissan, said car supplies are key.

Carmakers are moving from “we need to switch to electricity” to “we want to switch to electricity,” Ms. Sexton said.

“We’ve mostly blamed the consumer for 20 years inappropriately.”

Speaking from the Detroit Industrial Center, General Motors forecaster Aaron Cohen presented a roadmap for a fully electric future.

It is necessary to prepare communities for charging at home, at work and on the road, as well as to make people love new models.

“Like any revolution, this one will be created by market demand,” Mr Cohen said.

“Most consumers want more than 300 miles (500 km) of range, a wide choice of body sizes, styles and prices, attractive, innovative, luxurious and sporty style, convenient public fast charging – even if most customers will charge at home – and prices that are closer to gas vehicles, ”he said.

Raising the hands of the crowd at the San Francisco summit showed that about 40 percent were EV drivers.

Reasonable government policies that encourage consumers to lower prices, so newcomers among carmakers are not subject to fines, and investment tax credits are recommended to support production.

In Australia, supporters are calling for the abolition of the controversial tax on luxury cars for electric and hybrid cars to maintain price parity and stimulate demand.

State and territory governments have a number of incentives – subsidies, discounts and withdrawals.

The rise in solar energy on rooftops is also seen as a huge advantage for charging opportunities in Australia and elsewhere.

Cox Automotive chief economist Jonathan Smoke said price parity is probably not the nearest problem, at least in the US, as the gap in initial spending on EVs is narrowing.

What surprised him last year was the role of computer chips in the success of electric cars.

Tesla won market share by managing a disrupted supply chain, and outperformed using more expensive and powerful chips when many manufacturers struggled, he said.

“It’s a good lesson on how, ironically, new technology may miss some legacy issues, but also a reminder that supply is likely to dictate the performance we see next year.”

Concerns about power outages, cybersecurity threats and battery fires have also been heightened.

“We are working on all of them,” said Ms. Sexton, an adviser to the US Department of Energy.

“But we need to keep some perspective around Chicken Little’s perception of these things – every time there’s a battery fire, we hear about it, but every year there are 180,000 gas car fires in this country.”



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