The high cost of an electric vehicle is the reason half of Australians remain hesitant in making the switch away from petrol or diesel cars, new polling reveals, with more than a third of drivers saying they’re not considering one as their next purchase.

The number of electric car sales in Australia remains low but is taking off fast with more electric vehicles being sold in the first half of 2021 than in the whole of 2020.

The Resolve Political Monitor, conducted for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age by research company Resolve Strategic, found out of 1600 respondents only 35 per cent were considering making the investment.

Just 1 per cent of those surveyed currently drive an electric car with 38 per cent of respondents saying they would not consider one. About 25 per cent said they were unlikely to buy one in the foreseeable future.

Data released by the Electric Vehicle Council in August revealed there was a 169 per cent increase in electric vehicle sales from the first half of 2020 to the same period this year. But despite 31 models now being available in Australia, only 14 of them are priced under $65,000, while the average cost of a petrol or diesel car ranges between $20,000 and $50,000.

Prices are slowly heading toward price parity, with Hyundai introducing three models under $48,000 in the past year, and MG and Nissan offering another three models under $50,000.

Half of all respondents said price was the biggest factor in their hesitation towards making a purchase, while 35 per cent said it was because there were no public EV chargers near their home.

A third said they were concerned the range or battery life was too short, while about 23 per cent were worried that charging takes too long. About 29 per cent said they were uncertain about running costs or maintenance and 21 per cent said they were uncertain about their reliability or safety.

Extracted in full from: Costly electric vehicles make Australians hesitant to buy: Resolve Political Monitor (