每天有70多萬輛車子在雪梨市中心穿梭，導致產生大量的煙霧、溫室氣體污染，塞車，以及噪音。雪梨市長墨爾(Clover Moore)15日表示， 「電動車跟大眾運輸、步行和騎自行車一樣，都能夠減低交通的環境衝擊，因為這些交通方式不會排放廢氣──但必須使用低碳或零碳的電力來減低溫室氣體污染，而不是只把動力來源換成電能而已。」
The City of Sydney has secured one of 40 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs for its vehicle fleet, the first production electric vehicle to be released in the Australian market.
"Each day more than 700,000 cars travel throughout central Sydney, significantly contributing to smog, greenhouse gas pollution, congestion and noise," Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said Thursday.
"Electric vehicles, together with public transport, walking and cycling, can help reduce these environmental impacts, as they produce no exhaust emissions. But they must use low or zero carbon emission electricity to reduce greenhouse pollution rather than simply displace it," she said.
Powered by a large lithium-ion battery system and chargable with a 100V or 200V power source in the home, the i-MiEV is a zero-emissions vehicle. Even when taking into account CO2 emissions at the power plants that generate the power needed for charging the car, Mitsubishi says it emits only about 30 percent of the CO2 of a gasoline minicar.
The Sydney government has recently established an annual $2 million renewable energy fund to reach its goal to produce 25 to 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
A further 70 percent of power will come from low carbon trigeneration plants that use fuel for three separate functions - the simultaneous production of cooling, heating and power - in one process.
The city will operate the i-MiEV in the central business district, and collect data to measure and compare energy consumption and emission benefits against the petrol, diesel and hybrid powered vehicles.
The i-MiEV currently has a range of up to 160 kilometers at top speed of 130 kms per hour, and recharges in less than eight hours using a standard 15 amp power point.
In a greener Sydney, electric cars will share the streets with an increasing number of bicycles utilizing a new, comprehensive bike network.
Eighty-four percent of inner Sydney residents consider a good bike network to be important, according to a new public opinion poll by Galaxy. Five hundred residents across 14 inner Sydney council areas responded to the poll, which was commissioned by the City as part of a continual consultation and research program on how bike riding is perceived and used by the community.
Residents recognize that congestion on Sydney's roads is a major problem that is forecast to grow 23 percent over the next 15 years. Half of those polled said the main benefit of a cycleway network is less traffic congestion.
Bike riding is common in inner Sydney, with as many as one third of residents (33 percent) riding a bike in the past three months.
Of those polled, 73 percent aged 18 to 35 years said they would consider taking up riding, or riding more often, if a safe and convenient cycleway network is provided.
Sydney officials aim to see 10 percent of all trips made by bike by 2016. To support this, the city runs free cycling courses and workshops, and the city is upgrading cycle routes, with plans for 55 kilometers (32 miles) of separated cycleways.
The electric vehicle and cycling programs are part of an overall effort by the Sydney government to combat climate change. In 2008, the city became the first carbon neutral local government in Australia through energy efficiency, renewable energy and offsets. In 2009, the city accomplished its second year of carbon neutrality.