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  • Families could be stranded during natural disasters under electric vehicle plan  
  • Energy operator may consider banning charging electric cars during grid stress 
  • Under a Shorten government, emissions targets would mean more electric cars   

Australians who lose power during heatwaves, floods, cyclones, and hail storms could be left stranded as the energy market operator seeks to ban charging electric vehicles. 

The charging of electric vehicles would be one of the first things The Australian Energy Market Operator would look at shutting off as a non-essential function, according to The Courier Mail.

AEMO is responsible for ensuring a stable supply of electricity to services such as hospitals when the grid is struggling due to network issues or natural disasters.

It can accomplish this by asking households to switch off energy draining appliances such as air-conditioners.

Australians who lose power during heatwaves, floods, cyclones, and hail storms could be left stranded as the energy market operator seeks to ban charging electric vehicles

Australians who lose power during heatwaves, floods, cyclones, and hail storms could be left stranded as the energy market operator seeks to ban charging electric vehicles

However, it can also direct power companies to shut off supply to certain areas.

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There is concern the extra load on the power grid from electric vehicles may cause power shortages.

A Shorten government would impose new emissions standards on vehicle manufacturers – dramatically increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road. 

Energy Minister Angus Taylor said he is concerned about Mr Shorten’s plan to ‘force the most popular vehicles off the road to meet Labor’s damaging 50 per cent electric vehicle target and 105g CO2/km vehicle emissions standard.’   

‘Our favourite vehicles are on Bill’s hit list. Seventeen of the top 20 most popular models in Australia don’t meet Labor’s vehicle emissions standard.

‘As usual, Bill Shorten has not done his homework. If you don’t understand Labor’s new car tax, don’t vote for it.’

The charging of electric vehicles would be one of the first things The Australian Energy Market Operator would look at shutting off as a non-essential function

 

The charging of electric vehicles would be one of the first things The Australian Energy Market Operator would look at shutting off as a non-essential function