While Australia had record numbers of electric vehicle sales – including plug-in hybrids – of around 2300 in 2017, they remain a measly 0.2 per cent of total vehicle sales, leaving Australia lagging well behind other countries like China where more than 2 per cent of sales are now electric.
Australia's failure to provide incentives to consumers to buy electric cars or subsidise charging stations – as well as the high cost of electric vehicles and relatively few available vehicle models–- are holding it back, a senior associate from the Bloomberg research group, Ali Asghar, told a briefing in Sydney on Monday.
While there are 371 car models available to buy in Australia, only 21 of them are electric. There are also relatively few electric sports utility vehicles (SUVs), a model favoured by many Australians, on the market. "There is a mismatch between consumer preferences and electric vehicle model offerings," Mr Asghar said.
However, the development of cheaper, "mass market" electric vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf 2 as well as cars that can travel almost 500 kilometres without needed recharging is expected to increase sales of the cars over the next four-five years.
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