AUSTRALIA SLOW ON EV TAKE-UP
But EVUp expects current numbers of electric vehicles to increase rapidly
AAAA member company and EV expert, EVUp, says the question of ‘how many electric vehicles are there in Australia’ is a bit of a tricky one to answer as Tesla doesn’t release its sales figures, but states there are roughly up to 20,000 EVs on the road in Australia currently.
EVUp says this number is pretty insignificant when you consider there were 19.2 million registered vehicles in 2018 and 19.5 million in 2019. In fact, it states EV sales in Australia are much lower than comparable developed countries and we’re almost at the bottom of the EV uptake list for OECD members.
However, it explains due to the delivery roll out of the Tesla Model 3 and the popular Gen 2 Nissan LEAF, the numbers of EVs on Australian roads have doubled in just the last three months.
Some legacy manufacturers are now picking up their EV game to catch industry disruptors like Tesla and Rivian, and many experts are expecting the rapid sales trajectory to continue.
EVUp says this expectation is backed by evidence from a 2018 Roy Morgan poll that showed a slow decline in public interest for diesel vehicles, but a steady increase in interest in purchasing an EV.
There is also plenty to suggest Australian drivers are holding off on the purchase of a new car until an electric vehicle that meets their size, range and price requirements comes on the market.
Globally, there are over 5.6 million EVs on the road. More than 2.6 million of them are in China alone, a figure that doubled within the space of 12 months. In Norway, strong climate targets have led to a 60 percent market share for electric vehicles, a number which could be higher if not for the waiting lists as dealers struggle to import enough vehicles.
Elsewhere in Europe, the continued rapid uptake of electric vehicles is now a certainty following policy decisions, such as that by the British Government recently that new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars will no longer be sold after 2035.
While Australia is slow on the uptake, EVUp says we can’t help but follow the rest of the world in transitioning to low-emission, zero-tailpipe vehicles.
However, EVUp says that we can expect to see a good mix of premium and family-budget-friendly electric vehicles enter the Australian market throughout 2020.
The MG ZS EV, Mini Cooper SE hatchback, Polestar 2 and Glory EV will be priced in the $40,000 to mid-$60,000 range, putting them almost at price parity with ICE counterparts.
The Tesla Model Y price is still unknown, but the Audi e-Tron, Mercedes Benz EQC and Porsche Taycan will all cost you over six figures, however the Volvo XC40 is a little lower, starting at $73,000.
EVUp has a team of electric vehicle charging infrastructure specialists who are creating an intelligent, integrated and connected network of AC and DC charging for Australian EV owners.