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It's been a big month for electric vehicles. In Victoria, a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility has been announced for Morwell, bringing 500 new jobs to the LaTrobe Valley in the process.
On a national scale, we've seen the announcement of a new brand-agnostic, 350kW ultra-fast charge network linking Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Charge stations – 21 of them in total, although that number could grow – will be set around 200km apart on major highways, making it easier to criss-cross our nation's east coast in a battery-powered vehicle.
At the launch of the first of those charge stations in Euroa, Victoria, we had a good chat with Behyad Jafari, Australian EV Council CEO, and Tim Washington, JET Charge CEO. It was such an interesting conversation, in fact, we invited them to the Melbourne boardroom to sit down and talk all things electric.
In this podcast special, Mike Stevens and Scott Collie speak with Tim and Behyad about the current state of electric mobility Down Under, where we stand in the relation of other first-world nations, and the environmental impact of widespread electric vehicle adoption.
We also discuss what battery-electric cars mean for the Australian energy grid, and speak about the potential for electric vehicles to inspire a new local automotive industry.
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