Electric vehicle sales in Australia are accelerating as drivers get behind the wheel of zero or low emission models, but they are not being adopted quickly enough for the carbon-intensive transport sector to meet NSW, Victoria and Queensland’s 2030 targets of EVs being half of all new car sales.
Sales of EV maker Tesla’s Model Y reached 5560, making it the second-highest selling vehicle in June. The highest selling vehicle was the Toyota HiLux ute, which sold 6142 units.
“Sales of EVs are ramping up,” a director at the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Peter Griffin, said.
One of the main impediments to higher EV sales is the lack of low emission models in the light commercial and sports utility sector, he said. In Australia, 78 per cent of vehicles sold are utes or SUVs.
“EVs aren’t available in every market segment or at prices that people can afford. That’s a worldwide not just an Australian issue,” Griffin said.
Despite EV sales rising in June, Australia is falling behind the rest of the world in its adoption of electric vehicles. The International Energy Agency estimates only 3.8 per cent of new vehicle sales were electric
last year, compared with 8 per cent in the US, 23 per cent in UK and 25 per cent in Europe.
Jake Whitehead from the Electric Vehicle Council, an industry group for electric vehicle manufacturers, retailers, importers and charging station suppliers, said a target of 50 per cent of sales by 2030 was the “bare minimum”.