Here in Australia we are in election mode and the two main parties are going at it hammer and tongs about the usual topics: health, education, taxes etc. This week the opposition Labor Party announced a new policy with regards to climate change and environmental issues: they will mandate that 50% of all new cars sold by 2030 must be electric powered. The current Government has a similar plan to mandate a lower percentage of sales of electric vehicles. However in true election form, the Government then did a press conference with a “hands off our utes” theme accusing the opposition of trying to kill off the tradies vehicle of choice - the humble ute, originally produced by Ford and Holden, however with those two not manufacturing here any more, Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi have the market with an ever growing fleet of Chinese made utes appearing on our roads. It was clear that neither party really knew much about what they were talking about (what’s new?) because if they had done … [Read More...]
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