The Electric Vehicle Council released exclusive 2021 sales figures that show Australia at the precipice of an EV economic boom – if the federal government plays its cards right in 2022.
Sales of plug-in electric vehicles tripled in the past year from 6,900 in 2020 to 20,665 in 2021. EVs now account for 1.95% market share of new vehicles, up from 0.78% in 2020.
EVC chief executive Behyad Jafari said the boost in sales was being driven by positive policy change at a state level and that momentum could now be built upon.
“The penny has now well and truly dropped on how good electric vehicles are. Most people in the car market will now be considering an electric option. The role of government is to help them make the jump,” Mr Jafari said.
“Governments that take the path of encouragement will capture myriad societal benefits – cleaner air, reduced respiratory illness, smaller carbon footprint, quieter roads. Those that lag will make themselves a dumping ground for old tech, dirty vehicles.
“It’s great that some state governments have received the global message, but at a national level we’re stuck in the past. We desperately need the federal government to introduce Australian EV rebates alongside fuel efficiency standards, just like other developed nations. If we get these changes, you’ll see sales figures really rocket ahead.
“As a wealthy, car-loving, early-adapting nation, Australia should be an electric vehicle leader. If we were we could restart a thriving manufacturing industry supporting thousands of quality jobs. But we need to build rapidly on this current momentum.
“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.”
Top 10 BEV and PHEV models in 2021
1 Tesla Model 3 – 12,094
2 MG ZS – 1,388
3 Mitsubishi Outlander – 592
4 MG HS – 580
5 Porsche Taycan – 531
6 Hyundai Kona – 505
7 Volvo XC40 – 495
8 Hyundai IONIQ – 407
9 Nissan Leaf – 367
10 Mercedes-Benz EQA – 367