Electric vehicles have had a sluggish start in Australia, owing to the large distances between our population centers. What kind of electric vehicles are we talking about? For the time being, we’ll focus on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that consist of large battery pack driving one or more electric motors, as it’s too early to actually debate the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) solutions, which are currently only available in a small fleet. Because batteries and facilities are expensive in Australia, this entails high upfront prices and a limited number of charging stations for vehicle owners. However, as upfront costs have decreased and infrastructure has been steadily built out, electric car ownership has become a more practical alternative for many in recent years.
While South Australia and Victoria have the world’s first electric-vehicle (EV) specific taxes, some states have been taking the opposite approach, introducing the first electric vehicle subsidies, which have been long sought by advocacy groups such as electric vehicle council, that is made up of some of the world’s largest automakers such as BMW, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz.
So, how many electric vehicles do you think there are in Australia? In the broad scheme of things, not much. According to the figures, approximately 20,000 electric cars were sold in Australia during the last decade, a figure that compares favorably to the whole car market, which is estimated to be around one million units each year. In 2020, for example, the entire market share of electric vehicles was only 0.7 percent.
However, during the year 2021, there was a tremendous surge in electric car sales, probably due to a greater number of options and lower prices. It’s a small sample size, but over 2500 electric cars have found homes so far in 2021, compared to fewer than 50% by this stage last year. Electric car sales figures reveal that over 500 new electric vehicles are sold each month in our market, up from roughly 140 same times last year. Electric vehicle sales have increased by 200.6 percent year over year. However, when it relates to electric automobiles vs. gasoline cars, there is still a significant gap to be bridged, with many people only recently switching to hybrid vehicles.
So, what’s causing this surge of interest? The availability of the charging infrastructure helps since suppliers may tap into money made available at both the state and federal levels. Still, there’s also a larger selection of models to choose from. Tesla, Nissan, MG, BYD, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW, and Volvo now offer electric vehicles in Australia. For more information, see the list below.