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Robotaxies To The Rescue

Australia enjoys some of the least reliable and most costly electric power in the developed world. There’s some argument about the exact figures, but rest assured, Australia certainly isn’t falling behind on either metric. It is, however, falling way behind on a closely related metric: Australia lags most other developed countries in the consumer take-up of electric cars.

It may be naive to connect expensive, unreliable electricity with the unpopularity of plug-in battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Surely the country’s political class knows better. Bill Shorten thinks the problem is a lack of government subsidies. Scott Morrison thinks it’s because too many Australians own boats and trailers.

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