Figures released by the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) show sales of electric cars have stalled in Australia.

This at a time when the rest of the world has its foot firmly planted on the accelerator and the finish line in sight.

In 2020, there were 6900 electric cars sold in Australia, only a 2.7 per cent increase from the 6718 sold in 2019.

What’s more disheartening though is that figures for 2020 show electric cars accounting for just 0.7 per cent of a total 916,000 Australian car sales last year.

By comparison, electric vehicles in the EU increased their market share from 3.8 per cent in 2019 to 10.2 per cent in 2020.

In the the UK, it was 3.1 per cent in 2019 against 10.7 per cent in 2020.

In California, market share went from 7.6 per cent to 8.1 per cent.

And in Norway, it rose from 56 per cent in 2019 to 75 per cent in 2020.

Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari said the baffling Australian anomaly needed to end.

“Australian drivers are ready to join the exciting global electric car transition, but our politicians are yanking the handbrake,” he said.

“There’s simply no sugar-coating it at this point – Australia has marked itself out as a uniquely hostile market to electric vehicles.

“We have no targets, no significant incentives, no fuel efficiency standards – and in Victoria we even have a new tax on non-emitting vehicles.

“Our governments are apparently doing everything possible to ensure Australia is stalled with its hazards on while the rest of the world zooms into the horizon.

Mr Jafari said the good news is that given Australia’s abundant natural advantages, it would only take a handful of small changes from government to get us right back on track.

“If we follow the rest of the world and look to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, we will be rewarded with clean city air, reduced carbon impact, enhanced fuel security, and a renewed manufacturing sector.”

He said the Victorian Government’s recent move to implement a special “tax on not polluting” was particularly baffling.

“Victoria is now doing what no other jurisdiction on earth does by discouraging people from buying electric vehicles by slugging them with a special tax.

“When this policy idea gets pushed by the oil lobby around the world, they typically get laughed out of the room. Tim Pallas cut them a key to his office.

“The Federal Government’s inaction is bad, but even they’re not destructive enough to actively discourage electric vehicle uptake with a new tax.”


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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