Australian electric car grid?

Slashdot has a long and controversial thread on plans for a massive Australian electric car charging-station infrastructure grid.

“A US firm Thursday unveiled plans to build a massive one-billion-dollar charging network to power electric cars in Australia as it seeks cleaner and cheaper options to petrol. Better Place, which has built plug-in stations for electric vehicles in Israel and Denmark, has joined forces with Australian power company AGL and finance group Macquarie Capital to create an Australian network. Under the plan, the three cities will each have a network of between 200,000 and 250,000 charge stations by 2012 where drivers can plug in and power up their electric cars. The points would probably be at homes and businesses, car parks and shopping centres. In addition, 150 switch stations will be built in each city and on major freeways, where electric batteries can be automatically replaced in drive-in stations similar to a car wash.” I hope they’re talking to the car companies about the necessary standardization it would take to make this work, too.

From AFP google news

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3 Responses to Australian electric car grid?

  1. woldring says:

    Hi there,

    We don’t need US company here to build an electric car industry. Read my article on this, first published by Online Opinion and later republished by The Echotimes and Iconoclast. The Australian company Elroy has been experimenting with electric cars for at least 20 years and is well placed to make use of the $500 M set aside for a green car industry. I have written to Anthony Albanese about all this, on behalf of Roy Leembruggen, Principal of Elroy. That was on 22nd August but I have not had a response to the substance of the letter. We need to bundle our resources here to keep in Australian hands. I have had a number of response of people who have invented new electric engines and other parts which could all be very useful.the sooner we get going on this the better.

    Klaas Woldring
    woldring@zipworld.com.au

    http://www.iconocast.com/0000000010/B2/News1.htm

  2. Eclipse Now says:

    Nice article! I re-posted it in full.

  3. woldring says:

    Hi there,

    We don’t need US company here to build an electric car industry. Read my article on this, first published by Online Opinion and later republished by The Echotimes and Iconoclast. The Australian company Elroy has been experimenting with electric cars for at least 20 years and is well placed to make use of the $500 M set aside for a green car industry. I have written to Anthony Albanese about all this, on behalf of Roy Leembruggen, Principal of Elroy. That was on 22nd August but I have not had a response to the substance of the letter. We need to bundle our resources here to keep in Australian hands. I have had a number of response of people who have invented new electric engines and other parts which could all be very useful.the sooner we get going on this the better.

    Klaas Woldring
    woldring@zipworld.com.au

    http://www.iconocast.com/0000000010/B2/News1.htm

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