The picture that shows what it’s REALLY like to have an electric car in Australia – and why the country isn’t ready
- Photo shows an lead to charge EV dangling over footpath, wrapped around tree
- Ben Fordham said it as ‘an accident waiting to happen’ and raised questions
- The 2GB radio host wondered if people without garages are ready to own EVs
A photo of a ‘tangled mess’ of extension cords hanging over a wet public footpath on a drizzly day shows the lengths Australian electric car drivers are having to go to charge their Teslas.
The alarming photo, taken in Millers Point, in Sydney, exposes the potential safety issues raised by charging electric vehicles for some drivers – a problem only set to get worse as ownership increases.
The makeshift charging set-up involves a a yellow extension lead hanging off an upstairs balcony, then looped around the branch of a tree and plugged into a powerboard.
A photo of a ‘tangled mess’ of extension leads hanging over a wet public footpath on a rainy day shows the lengths electric car drivers are having to go to to charge their Teslas
Ben Fordham claimed the ‘bizarre’ street scene raised the question of whether the infrastructure exists for people who don’t have garages, or designated parking spots, to get EVs
From there another lead lays in some bushes and in a gutter before being plugged into the Tesla.
The photo was posted by 2GB’s Ben Fordham on his Facebook page, who described it as ‘plate of spaghetti’ and argued that makeshift set-ups like this are an ‘accident waiting to happen’.
Fordham claimed the ‘bizarre’ scene raises the question of whether the infrastructure exists for people who don’t have garages, or designated parking spots, to own EVs.
The man who took the photo told Fordham it looked like a scene from a third world country.
‘I was walking down the street to work and couldn’t believe my eyes
Residents told Fordham the power cord extensions (pictured) remain lying on the road and across the footpath, even when the electric vehicle isn’t parked there
The radio host said a pattern is emerging of people trying to get involved in the EV ‘revolution’ but facing ‘roadblocks’.
Those include people who don’t have off-street parking to charge their car at night.
Fordham said scenes such as the ‘bizarre’ scene in the photograph will be even more common when millions of EVs are on the roads.
‘Tangled power lines from people’s houses – hanging along fences and dangling down trees.
‘It’s something you’d expect in a third world country.’
Even when charging stations are attached to power poles demand for access would cause problems, Fordham said.
NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean responded to the photo, saying ‘fast charging infrastructure’ would avoid owners having to take such drastic measures.
Fordham also claimed power supply would also be an issue.
He said with coal fired power stations set to close the already overloaded system might not cope with millions of EVs charging at once.
The power cables charging the electric car extend from the road into the property and loop over the front fence
Last week 2GB listeners sent photos of the precarious charging set-ups they had seen.
In one, an electric car parked on a street in Manly, on Sydney’s northern beaches, was spotted being charged by a lengthy trail of power cord.
The cable looped over the front fence, which snakes from the road up a driveway and into a nearby home.