Australia’s electric vehicle revolution is finally beginning to gain speed, with more plug-in cars sold across the country in the past six months than in the whole of last year.
But car makers warn Australia’s policies to boost EV uptake are lagging behind other nations, reducing the number of models brought into the country and limiting consumer choice.
Behyad Jafari, the chief executive of the council, which represents major car makers, said Australia’s EV policies were insufficient to attract larger numbers of a wide range of models.
It’s no surprise that the models that were most available had the highest sales. Many other brands simply sold out of their full allocation of vehicles sent to Australia,” Jafari said.
“Global car makers are still only sending a trickle of the vehicles they produce to the Australian market because we remain one of the few nations on earth without new vehicle efficiency standards.
“Our lack of new vehicle efficiency standards means car makers are essentially rewarded for sending their EVs to markets other than Australia. So small wonder we remain at the back of the queue.”
The ACT continues to lead on EV sales as a proportion of new vehicle sales at 21.8 per cent, followed by Tasmania and NSW at 9 per cent, Victoria 8.5 per cent, Queensland 7.7 per cent, Western Australia 7.5 per cent, South Australia 6.5 per cent, and the Northern Territory 2.4 per cent.