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Govt must put pedal to the metal to drive electric vehicle sales

Australia could see mass take-up of electric vehicles if the federal government gets into gear, the industry says.

Jan 31, 2022, updated Jan 31, 2022
Electric vehicles could save families $1700 per year if charged correctly. (File image).

Electric vehicles could save families $1700 per year if charged correctly. (File image).

Tax breaks and fuel efficiency standards could drive sales of EVs, just like in other developed economies, Electric Vehicle Council head Behyad Jafari said on Monday.

“After so many wasted years, Australia’s a long way back from the pack, but then again the cool thing about electric cars is how quickly they move from zero to a hundred,” he said.

“It’s great that some state governments have received the global message, but at a national level we’re stuck in the past.”

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles have more than tripled from 6900 in 2020 to 24,078 in 2021.

EVs now account for 2.39 per cent market share of new vehicles, up from a mere 0.78 per cent in 2020.

Jafari said governments that encourage the new technology will have cleaner air, reduced respiratory illness, smaller carbon footprint, and quieter roads.

“Those that lag will make themselves a dumping ground for old tech, dirty vehicles.”

Many people are now considering an electric option, and the role of government is to help them make that leap, he said.

“As a wealthy, car-loving, early-adapting nation, Australia should be an electric vehicle leader.”

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