Electric cars – here’s public opinion

With over 3 million electric cars operating globally, where do we stand here at home? EV’s only make up about 0.2% of the total vehicle fleet here in Australia, so let’s investigate how we are tracking.

While there are several options on the market to have you driving away in an electric vehicle, it would seem that a large part of the market is reluctant to make the switch – the good news is that it’s slowly changing! And it’s now expected by 2040 that 70% of new vehicle sales will be for EV’s.

By state the picture is quite varied. Victoria has the highest electric vehicle ownership with 1324 EVs bought between 2011 and 2017 – but NSWs is close behind! 

Australia is currently ranks quite low internationally when comparing the total percentage of EVs on the road compared to the overall number of cars. The global leaders include Norway and USA.

So why is this? Well there are a couple of reasons. One of the reasons for the slow adoption of EVs in Australia can be linked to the low incentives to do so. The lack of government policies and financial incentives compared to other countries is notable. 

Another reason for the slow uptake has a lot to do with pressure points around the current infrastructure. By far people’s biggest concern when purchasing an electric vehicle is whether there is enough infrastructure to support an increase in electric vehicles. But the good news is that there is a lot of optimism – and the future looks bright!

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