LETTER TO THE EDITOR | What’s the charge to charge electric cars?

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: Central Western Daily reader Charles Everett wants to know more about the costs of electric cars.
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: Central Western Daily reader Charles Everett wants to know more about the costs of electric cars.

RECENTLY there has been a lot of talk about the virtues of electric cars, but little on the associated costs on running these cars. 

Firstly, how much does it cost to charge a car with our very costly electricity? It is eight to 10 hours to fully charge a car. It is generally done at night when the car is not using solar power, which is an extra cost.

Public charging points – are these for general use or travelers? How many would be needed, at what cost per unit, who pays for the installations?

Running cost compared to petrol cars – how do they compare per kilometre?

If a number of houses in a street were to have a car charging at night at very high demand would the infrastructure in the street be capable of supporting the load or would it have to be upgraded?

Last summer we were warned that with the high use of air conditioners we could expect power outages – would the use of electric cars make this more likely?

As with all types of transport there are the actual running costs and the associated costs to provide for their use. I am concerned about these associated costs.

Finally, on every litre of fuel we buy petrol or diesel we pay a percentage to government for road works. If we start to use less fuel, how will road works be funded – extra tax or more toll roads?

Charles Everett

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