Are electric vehicles viable in rural communities?
Environment Climate Change Electric vehicles

Are electric vehicles viable in rural communities?

Dr. Lindy Whitehouse
Dr. Lindy Whitehouse

In 10 seconds? A recent study has shown that electric vehicles can handle greater distances than previously thought. This new finding suggests that even people who live in remote regions can switch to electric vehicles and still be able to access essential services – but with some caveats.

Why does this matter? In recent years, switching to electric vehicles (EVs) has become a viable option for many people and has gained momentum across the world. However, in some countries, like Australia, there is still resistance to switching to EVs. For example, in 2021 only 2% of new car sales in Australia were electric cars, compared to 15% in the UK and 72% in Norway. Although EVs practically don't pollute while driving (apart from particles released from tires), they are still expensive. Additionally, they require an extensive network of charging points.

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