Industry groups say the federal government must encourage higher electric vehicle uptake to reduce the country’s dependence on oil, with fuel prices at record highs.
Prices for petrol and diesel have soared over the past two months, with Melbourne and Sydney recording all-time high average unleaded prices on Monday of 212.5 cents a litre and 216.5 cents a litre respectively.
Long-term, they said, the solution is to move away from petrol and fuel.
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said petrol prices were volatile at the best of times, but were currently “completely beyond the pale of anything we have seen in history”.
But electricity, unlike oil, was less unpredictable, Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari said.
“It’s made here, it gets moved to here, and we use it here, so if something goes wrong, we can grab someone by the collar and say ‘we need to fix this’,” he said.
Oil prices were rising faster than inflation before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.