Sales of EVs rose in Australia in first three quarters: report – iTWire

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The share of new electric vehicles sold in Australia increased to 3.39% in September compared to 2.05% the previous year, a report from the Electric Vehicle Council says.
It said 26.536 EVs were sold in the first nine months of 2022, with there being 45 models and 95 variants available for purchase.
The report said that in some cases the degree of interest from consumers was so high that some models sold out within minutes of being made available for purchase.
Persistent demand was not being met due to a lack of models and this was in large part claimed to due to the lack of a fuel efficiency standard.

“The introduction of a robust and ambitious fuel efficiency standard is a necessary prerequisite for significantly increasing EV model availability in Australia.
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“Additionally, temporary incentives to reduce the upfront cost of EVs, and support for the deployment of charging infrastructure, will continue to be critical policy levers for driving EV adoption, and getting Australia on an emissions reduction pathway aligned with our targets of a 43% reduction by 2030, and net zero by 2050,” it added.
The Tesla Model 3 was the highest selling EV, accounting for 33% of all EVs sold.
And underlining the popularity of this brand, even though the first Model Y cars started arriving only in August, it had already reached second place on the sales charts, accounting for 20% of EV sales.
“Encouragingly, as of September 2022, there were 25 different EV models in Australia that have sold more than 200 vehicles each during 2022,” the report said.
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“It is worth noting that of the 15 top-selling EV models so far in 2022, 12 were BEVs, while only 3 were PHEVs. Of notable absence from this list is the MG ZS EV (BEV) and Mitsubishi Outlander (PHEV).
“While both of these models were top-sellers during 2021, new versions of these EVs were not available for purchase during the first half of 2022.”
The EVC report said while the states and territories had different incentives for purchase of EVs, the impact of these policies could not be assessed as yet.
Victoria is the only state in Australia that taxes EVs, with a 2.5 cent per kilometre tax in 2021 that has been increased to 2.6 cents per kilometre in 2022.
Graphics courtesy Electric Vehicle Council



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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
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