In August 2018, four million EVs had been sold, with one million of these purchased in the previous six months alone.
In Norway, 50 per cent of all new cars sold in 2018 were EVs.
In the same year, EVs accounted for five per cent of all new cars sold in China and seven per cent of all new cars sold in California.
In the US, EV sales surged by 81 per cent between 2017 and 2018.
Uptake in Europe is expected to increase sharply in the coming years due to the EU’s combined EV target which is equivalent to around eight to nine million EVs on the road by 2020.
Australia is lagging because of a lack of EV policy leadership from governments, but 2017 sales were still 67 per cent higher than 2016.
As more and more lower cost EV models come on the market and hundreds of new chargers are built across the country, EV sales will likely continue to grow.
MYTH 8: Just as bad for the environment
Battery EVs have zero exhaust emissions, so that alone makes them better for the environment than an internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV).
Research shows that even if an EV is charged by coal-fired electricity, it still generates lower net emissions that ICEVs.
As grids become cleaner, EVs become cleaner too. It is an unavoidable truth that the only way for Australian states to reach their net zero emission targets is with electric vehicles.
Additionally, EV batteries can be used well after their EV end-of-life.
Once a battery reaches 70 per cent capacity, it is no longer fit for use in a vehicle.
However, vehicle manufacturers and private companies are leading the charge in battery recycling and re-purposing, ensuring that zero emissions vehicles really have a low impact to the environment.
MYTH 9: Batteries are dangerous and costly
Driving a vehicle with a battery is no more dangerous than driving a traditional Internal Combustion Engine vehicle (ICEV). In fact, evidence suggests that lithium-ion batteries used in EVs are in fact as safe or even safer than conventional fuel.
There are numerous studies that show that fires in EVs are no more likely or even less likely to occur than fires in ICEVs.
In Australia, Fire and Rescue organisations do not treat EVs as any more dangerous than ICEVs.
MYTH 10: EVs will cause blackouts
Managed correctly, EVs can increase the reliability of the grid, while reducing the unit price of electricity for everyone, even those who don’t drive an EV.
New EV models are now enabling battery discharging, which means that during times of peak demand EVs can put electricity back into the household or grid.
This would actually reduce the chance of blackouts by flattening peak demand.
The Electric Vehicle Council is already working with grid operators and energy companies to avoid the potential pitfalls of increasing electricity demand and instead harness the benefits of this new technology.