EV interest on the up as sales continue to climb

Electric Vehicles (EVs) continue to go from strength to strength in Australia, with sales for the increasingly popular vehicles tripling from 2018 to 2019.

This is according to the Electric Vehicle Council, who recently released their annual report which showed public interest in the vehicles continues to rise.

According to the report, 6,718 EVs were sold in Australia in 2019, up from 2,216 in 2018.

However, while this increasing trend is cause for optimism within EV circles, it still shows the amount of work required before EVs make a noticeable dent in the new vehicle market.

As it stands, EVs made up just 0.6 per cent of the 1,062,867 vehicles sold in Australia in 2019.

This is despite charging infrastructure more than doubling in the same timeframe, with more than 2,000 AC and DC charging stations now located around Australia.

Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari said the results shown in the annual report prove that Australia is well on the path towards establishing a secure EV sales market. However, there was still plenty of work to be done before the market could flourish.

“Our report is showing that Australian consumers want these cars,” said Jafari.

“There is no controversy that the future of the industry is electric, but at the moment the industry is looking at different markets. We want policies that show [Australia] is going on this journey.”

EV sales in 2020 are on track to match the 2019 figure, an encouraging result considering the 20 per cent decline in overall new car sales for the year as COVID-19 continues to hammer the industry.

According to the report, the growing sales record comes largely on the back of an increase in the number of new models arriving in Australia.

There are now 28 EV models for sale in Australia, with six more to come by the end of next year, while prices of existing models continue to come down.

However, while it is exciting to see an influx of new EV models coming into the country, Jafari said Australia was still struggling to attract the best and latest models from manufacturers due to the government’s lack of action on vehicle standards.

“A big challenge for Australia is that every other developed country has vehicle standards and EV policies in place.

“We have repeatedly heard from car companies that they were planning to bring vehicles here, but Australia doesn’t have that policy support.”

Source: The Guardian | Electric vehicle sales triple in Australia despite lack of government support

20 August 2020

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