- by theguardian
- 27 Nov 2022
New electric vehicle sales within Australia have increased by 65% in 2022 but uptake still lags far behind other countries.
Electric cars now represent 3.39% of all new car sales in Australia according to the latest State of Electric Vehicles report by the Electric Vehicle Council, but the figures pale against those in other nations such as the UK, where one in five new cars are electric.
The highest number of sales occurred in the ACT where 9.5% of all new cars sold were electric.
New South Wales was the next highest with EVs making up 3.7% of all sales, followed by Queensland at 3.4%.
Dr Jake Whitehead, head of policy at the EV Council, said the results were positive but carmakers were still not prioritising Australia when it came to choosing where to send their new EVs.
Australia was still coming off second-best when carmakers chose where to send a portion of their global production because it lacked fuel efficiency standards or clear plans to phase out sales of petrol engines.
Sending more electric cars to Australia at the moment means diverting them from larger, faster-growing markets with clear rules and incentives.
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