Electric and hybrid vehicles buck the trend with strong start to 2020

With total new car sales numbers continuing to fall as Australia experiences the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the wild summer weather, electric and hybrid vehicles sales have experienced a record breaking start to the year.

Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has soared by 56 per cent in the first five months of 2020, a stark contrast to the 24 per cent decline in total sales.

The latest new car sales figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has revealed that 284 EVs have been sold so far in 2020, up from the 181 sold in the same period in 2019.

This number is in addition to the amount of Tesla’s sold, as Tesla does not disclose official sales figures to the FCAI. It is widely believed that Tesla is the most popular EV brand in Australia, with as many as 1,000 vehicles predicted to have been sold in the first three months of the year.

Behyad Jafari, CEO of Australia’s Electric Vehicle Council, said it was promising to see EVs continue their strong start to the year despite the current economic conditions, and expected to see the trend continue as more electric models become available in the coming months.

“We’re still only talking about a few hundred cars and we’d like to see a few more zeros added to that number,” said Jafari.

“But the good news is that we were talking about 2019 as a breakthrough year for EVs because then we tripled sales, and now we’re beating that again in 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic.”

This newfound interest in alternative fuel vehicle technology has also extended to hybrid vehicles, which are also enjoying a record-breaking year on the back of 3,271 sales in May.

Led by the popular Toyota RAV4 and Camry hybrid models, hybrid vehicles made up 5.4 per cent of all May sales.

Source: Caradvice | Electric car sales surge in the first five months of this year

8 June 2020

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