Tesla Model 3

The Electric Vehicle Council has released 2021 sales figures saying that: “Australia at the
precipice of an EV economic boom – if the federal government plays its cards right this

Sales of electric vehicles (EV and Plug-In Hybrid EV) more than tripled in the past year
from 6,900 in 2020 to 20,665 in 2021. They now account for 1.95% market share of new
vehicles, up from 0.78% in 2020.

Tesla Model 3 (EV): 12,094
MG ZS (EV): 1,388
Mitsubishi Outlander (PHEV): 592
MG HS(PHEV): 580
Porsche Taycan (EV): 531
Hyundai Kona (EV): 505
Volvo XC40 (EV): 495
Hyundai Ioniq (PHEV & EV): 407
Nissan Leaf (EV): 367
Mercedes-Benz EQA (EV): 367

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.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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