The evaluation of the rate of transition to electric vehicles shows that ACT is the frontier with spectacular results in Australia, whereas the national government has the lowest scores. The yearly report submitted by the Electric Vehicle Council shows that ACT is championing strategies to motivate electric vehicles.
Although the electric vehicle uptake numbers for the ACT are low, the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council Behyad Jafari states that the vital thing is the policies made by the government indicate the possibility of achieving this objective. The Senate commended ACT for their active role in implementing the strategies. It further advised other states to follow suit.
Mr. Jafari explained that Australia is still far behind in this transition to electric vehicles than Europe and other developed nations. However, there are signs that the country is making progress. Although the global sales of electric cars range between 2.5 and 5%, Norway boasts of selling 56% of its EV fleet. On the other hand, EV sales in Australia are at 0.6 percent of the country’s general automotive sales.
With the coronavirus heavily impacting the sales of vehicles worldwide, Australia witnessed only a 20% drop in sales, which coincides with the countries sales rates last year. Before the coronavirus declaration, a pandemic Australia was on an upward sales rate with 200% sales in 2018.
Matters numbers show that ACT is the best EV seller state in Australia, with 83 electric vehicles sold so far for every 10000 ICE cars they sold. The other states, like Queensland and NSW, are operating in the 20s.
Jafari says that Canberra city is one of the technologically receptive states, and therefore the uptake of Evs is high. Nonetheless, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted heavily on the economy of the city, lowering job reliability and the level of disposable income. The natives of Canberra are sensitive to new technology; hence they are anxious to try out the electric vehicles.
Some of the incentives on electric vehicles that have catalyzed the uptake of the ACT vehicles include a 20% reduction in registration charges and exemption from stamp duty. Additionally, the state plans to replace ICE passengers fleet cars with electric vehicle passenger fleet before 2022. The passenger fleet will then go to the private sector at a low price.
Australia is still working on the challenge of insufficient public charging stations, even as the manufacturers of these vehicles work on the mileage range and efficiency of these vehicles for transportation services. Australia’s bestseller has been Toyota Hilux, which finds its use in agricultural, mining, and other economic activities. Thus, the incoming electric vehicles must offer efficiency and capacity to deliver in these activities to thrive in Australia.
Finally, Mr. Jafari hopes that Australia can quickly transition to electric vehicles like the European countries to adapt to the changing technological trends in the global EV industry.