Humanity Drives Automation
Our strategy for the Karratha Electric & Hydrogen Mobility project, based around integrating electric and hydrogen vehicles in the grid. Project 412’s vision is to build future smart cities from sustainable and community friendly mobility.
Australians travel 252b kilometres per year, 179b of these in passenger vehicles producing $14bn in fuel excise in 2018. Transport accounts for about a third of an average Australian family's green house emissions. With the electric and hybrid revolution in vehicles now gathering momentum this is good news for green house gas emissions. There are also great challenges and great opportunities. First and foremost is that EV’s and hybrids are going to seriously impact the fuel excise tax and key funding tools for our roads. This is not a unique issue for Australia as most countries have a form of fuel tax yet most of them are addressing the challenge now.
The benefits of EV’s and Hybrid’s far outweigh the current challenges and Australia not only needs to adopt the technology but have a road map on how they deal effectively with these challenges. Range anxiety and vehicle range in general is an issue for rural Australia, we are one the most sparsely populate countries in the world and the average range on an EV today is only around 250km. These are both technology and infrastructure issues we need to understand and overcome.
The most exciting value add is that each EV and Hybrid is a mini Power Station on wheels, moving energy around cities and being able to both import and export power as required. This brings in a whole new world of power sharing.
By bundling up a consumers energy requirements into the purchase and operating of an EV provides the consumer with financial benefit as well as the energy retailer. This is a similar process to the way a telco sells mobile phone plans, linking this to data usage. This concept would sell energy to house hold in a similar package by selling a certain amount of energy per month as well as specific parking/charging options across the city. This could provide a basic value proposition of between $600 - $1000 per customer per year.
Future of power
The customer will choose a energy plan to accompany their new EV, this will involve switching energy retail providers. In a similar way to the way a data plan works for a mobile phone or internet provider, the customer pay a fixed rate per month for up to the allotted amount of units. There will a higher rate per unit charged if the plan is exceeded. The plan will be adjusted for different seasons associated with varying energy use.