If you’ve ever wondered what a fossil-fuel-free gas station sign would look like, the Liberal Government of South Australia has created a visual prompt to help you out.
The Prompt, which appeared in a government document on electric vehicle charging infrastructure, forgoes fossil-fueled gasoline and diesel altogether, imagining a future where everything you can pump into your car with a highway servo is green electricity or biodiesel.
The government of SA Prime Minister Steven Marshall has bet on electric vehicles and wants them to be the “default” vehicle by 2030, when the state aims to achieve “100% net renewable energy. “. As part of that plan, it released a paper this week calling on private electric vehicle charging companies to bid to help it grow its planned network of fast and rapid charging points statewide.
The document contained a simulated image of signs on the road outside gas stations that advertised the price of gasoline and diesel. Instead of the usual unleaded gasoline and diesel prices, this mockup only contained three prices: the peak charge price for electric vehicles, the off-peak charge price, and biodiesel.
The prices imagined for recharging electric vehicles – presumably in cents per kilowatt hour – were 65 cents for charging during peak hours from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and 45 cents for the rest of the time. Biodiesel, a renewable (though often environmentally questionable) alternative to petroleum diesel made from crops like rapeseed, soybeans or other vegetable oils, has been advertised at $ 1.50, probably per liter.
The South African government wished to emphasize that the product range and prices were purely “for illustrative purposes”. But it does give you a quick idea of ââwhere the South African government is heading.
A key part of the plan is to install super-fast charging stations – that is, 100 kilowatts or more – at highway service stations across the state.
While the switch from gasoline vehicles to electric vehicles will obviously disrupt the existing gas station model massively, the South African government has argued that there could be benefits as well as costs, at least for retailers – although that’s an argument that motorists-in-a-hurry might find persuasive.
Even super-fast charging stations that may take as little as 10 minutes will take even longer than filling up with gasoline, and the paper argues that this could have benefits for on-site retailers – a feature it says. he called “buy and reload”.
This is even truer for slower charging stations (that is, âfastâ rather than âultra-fastâ charging stations which take 40 minutes to an hour) in shopping center car parks. and supermarkets.
âIf fast charging is integrated into the daily way of life of South Australians in key destinations, the stopover will not only allow more time to enjoy the activities; it will become productive, âthe document said.
âRetailers are already seeing longer average dwell times and spend at hubs where there are multiple EV charging points, giving businesses a distinct competitive advantage in attracting customers. In addition, peak-period purchases often coincide with high renewable electricity generation and periods of low consumer demand on South Australia’s electricity grid. “
James Fernyhough is a reporter for RenewEconomy and The Driven. He worked at The Australian Financial Review and the Financial Time, and is interested in everything related to climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy.