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Electric car sales flat in Australia

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Sales of electric cars in Australia have stagnated despite a booming take up of emission-friendly vehicles in the northern hemisphere.

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Just 6900 electric cars were sold in Australia last year, up just 2.7 per cent from 6718 in 2019, according to figures released yesterday by the Electric Vehicle Council.

Electric cars make up just 0.7 per cent of Australian car sales.

Electric cars made up more than 10 per cent of car sales in the EU and the UK last year, up from between three and four per cent the year before.

In California, market share rose to 8.1 per cent from 7.6 per cent between 2019 and 2020.

Most astonishingly, 75 per cent of cars sold in Norway last year were electric, up from 56 per cent in 2019.

Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari blamed politicians and policymakers for Australia’s laggard status.

“There’s simply no sugar coating it at this point – Australia has marked itself out as uniquely hostile market to electric vehicles,” Jafari said in a statement yesterday.

“We have no targets, no significant incentives, no fuel efficiency standards …our governments are apparently doing everything possible to ensure Australia is stalled with its hazards on while the rest of the world zooms into the horizon.”

The Morrison government last month released a plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector.

But it ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake.

-AAP

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