Nuclear is stupid expensive. We're better off with renewables and batteries/pumped hydro.No. Germany proved 100% renewables can't be done, they ended up importing heaps of nice, reliable nuclear power from France before they had to admit defeat and re-start their coal plants.
The issue with mandating EV's is market distortion and a lack of consideration for vehicles that require range and other special purposes (ie. Agriculture and remote area transport).
You people are living a Luddite fantasy, it simply can't be done.
Even the economics of electric cars are not there because of our extremely high electricity tariffs - 47 cents an hour average here in South Australia, in the United States the average is around 8 cents. So the economics of electric cars in Australia make them much less competitive simply because everything is so bloody expensive here.
Germany Power Generation
2009 vs 2017
Fossil fuel 4300kW/person/year -> 3200kW/person/year
Nuclear 1600 -> 870
RE has increased from 17% of total output in 2009 to 38% in 2017
Germany is playing the high moral ground boasting about its extensive roll out of wind and solar with very low return on nameplate capacity due to the latitude and lack of exposure to reliable wind. When it all turns to crap they just draw from the neighbors with coal, hydro and nuclear.
Like all RE, the first 15-25% roll out comes easy, however without large access to hydro or cost effective pumped hydro its starts getting hard (read expensive) from 30-35%, which Germany has discovered.
Nuclear on levelised cost would be economic to build now in Australia (namely NSW, Vic and SA) and make a profit and yes I laughed at the comment we should look at battery over nuclear based on price. Clearly someone is reading fairytales from The Greens.
What is also readily lost in the fairytale land of energy production is that no two countries are the same. What works for Costa Rica doesn't mean it will work in Australia. For example Cost Rica's recent chest beating on running near 100% RE, look what happened the last few times when state govts have tried to build large water catchments. ie Tas Franklin River, Wofeteen (spelling) Dam Qld and Qld Mary River to name a few. In all cases stopped by ALP/Greens.
There are also other smaller dam projects in between these two projects, some of which have been built that also faced significant community and environmental hurdles that may not have been so successful today or in the future.
The Franklin River Dam would have generated a meager 180MW, to phase out coal and supply the future EV fleet Australia needs 30,000MW of new capacity which will include pumped hydro to make solar and wind more useful.
Then we have the frequent opposition to wind turbines based on environmental factors as well as noise and visual.
I'll say it again, the biggest challenge to rolling out RE on the scale required to replace coal/gas and account for EV roll out is the ALP/Greens, because they have a long proven history of blocking similar projects.