A new report released on Sunday shows that if Australia does not grow its electric vehicles, it could lose about $ 1 trillion in health care by 2050.
But this could be halved by 2035, with the ultimate goal of converting every car in the country into electricity.
Modeling was released by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), which has set up an accounting firm, Deloit, to explore the benefits of the community, including the addition of AVS.
In 2035, 2040 and 2050, Australia’s net zero road transport emissions were used to investigate three scenarios. -Power cars, and EVs.
Fuel trucks contribute significantly to air, noise, and water pollution from the exhaust particles and the lubricants, oils, and tires needed to drive. In contrast, electric vehicles have fewer parts and more efficient engines.
This pollution causes disease, and the cost is borne by the health system.
According to the report, “business as usual” – with no support for adoption – will increase costs to $ 864.9 billion by 2050, and air pollution alone to $ 488.2 billion.
New South Wales and Victoria are the most populous states in the world, costing $ 257.7 billion and $ 203.6 billion respectively. It was the largest in Western Australia, with a combined per capita income of $ 43,900.
However, with the EVs making 26% of private car fleets by 20% and 100% by 2050, Australia would have saved $ 233 billion. With a 28% stake in 2030 and a full share of power in 2045, it will cost $ 335 billion.
By 2035, the rapid transit of total private car fleets, combined with better public transport systems, would have cost $ 492 billion.
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Although these figures are widely understood in government departments, Dr. Amon McGinn, a Deloitte destination economist, says they are “not the face of the mind” for many people.
We create invisible, unpaid expenses every time we drive. We pay for fuel and maintenance, but we have these extra costs for our neighbors and our community, ”McGinn said.
We think about gasoline costs, we think about traffic jams. We do not think about the noise, the pollution, or the damage to the waterways. ”
Matt Rose, ACF Economics and Democracy Program Manager, said the report was unique in that it wanted to measure the cost of not working.
“Transport emissions are the second largest source of emissions in Australia and they are growing,” Rose said. There is a price for immobility and this shows what those costs are in our urban areas.
The report assumed that all EVs would be fully renewable and that the information would be obtained from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics and the Australian Transport Evaluation and Planning Guidelines.
According to Dr. Richard Yin, an honorary secretary of the Association of Local Physicians, independent research combined with coal-fired power plants and internal combustion engines kills 5,000 people a year, and some studies estimate that the health system costs up to $ 24. Per year bn
“It’s a huge hidden price,” he said. For example, globally. In 2018, 8 million people died worldwide. That is the year.
He said the goal should be for all electric vehicles to be fully renewable, adding that there are still benefits, even where coal is available.
Vehicles are more efficient, but there are benefits, even if they are powered by coal-fired power plants. ” The benefits will also be multiplied when we switch to renewable energy and eliminate coal-fired power plants.