Global Warming has reached the level where it is considered as a threat. The main reason for this threat is the burning of the fossil fuel. The rapid pace industrialization, deforestation, urbanization and increased use of vehicles have taken this planet into the era drought, climate change, and food shortages. In order to put a check on the hazardous impact of global warming, the world community is advancing towards Green Technology. If we focus on vehicles than Green Cars are considered as the most prominent and widely accepted solution to this problem.
Putting a step in the forward direction to adopt green cars, Australia is thinking of imposing a tax on luxury fossil fuel cars in order to fund the expansion of Australia’s charging network. It has proposed to introduce the fuel efficiency standards. Further, it is thinking of ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. The country has imposed 17% tax on luxury petrol and diesel cars which would be used in expanding the charging network for the proposed electric cars. It is proposed that money will be used in building 3,000 electric car charging stations. Australia lags behind when it comes to electric cars from countries like Norway and the Netherlands, which have already introduced targets to phase out fossil fuel emitting cars by 2025 and 2030 respectively.
If we talk of oil giant Shell, it considers Hydrogen-powered transport as key to climate targets. It suggests that hydrogen-powered planes and trucks will play a crucial role to cut carbon emissions to safe levels. Shell is a major player in natural gas, which can be further used to make hydrogen.
Moving from petrol/ diesel vehicles to the electric cars is not as easy as it appears. There are several challenges in the way. An analysis shows that electric car market is widely hampered by lack of models and lack of public recharging points. The analysis presented by energy companies and carmakers suggest that European Electric Car Market is hampered due to lack of public charging points. Per charging point across Europe, there are six electric cars. It is expected that charging infrastructure will keep pace with the number of electric cars on the road.
The author of the analysis, Greg Archer claimed that car manufacturers are spreading the myth about the charging point in order to sell more electric cars. But in reality, there just isn’t the charging points out there. If electric car market wants to grow, then the sufficient number of public chargers should be required.
Green Cars can be considered as a step towards sustainability. But their adoption can only be possible if challenges like public charging points, car models etc are effectively be met.