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Electric vehicles in Australia - statistics & facts

As global awareness of climate matters is increasing, more and more consumers are considering their carbon footprint, searching for ways to become more eco-friendly, and one of the biggest contributions consumers make to their carbon footprint is with the transport methods they choose. As a result of this, the global market for vehicles powered by means other than fossil fuels is experiencing significant growth, with more and more vehicles powered by hydrogen, electricity, and other gases being produced and sold.

 Global and regional growth

  The most prolific alternative fuel in use is electricity. Globally, there was massive growth in the use of both battery vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) between 2016 and 2019 with the two biggest manufacturers, Tesla Inc. and Volkswagen attracting significant sales during the first quarter of 2020.

China is by far the largest market for electric cars in the Asia-Pacific region, although sales of this type of vehicle have experienced huge growth in Australia in recent years, making a huge jump of more than double the number sold between 2018 and 2019. There were around fourteen million passenger vehicles of any fuel type registered in total in Australia in 2020.

Australia’s charging infrastructure and the consumer perspective

  Australia’s infrastructure for charging electric vehicles is centered around the more populated states and territories. For example, in 2020 New South Wales had a total of 783 charging points which were predominantly DC (direct current charging stations), which charge vehicles more quickly. Notably, a survey conducted in the same year revealed that most Australians favoured charging their electric vehicles at home, or using public fast chargers such as Tesla Inc’s network of Superchargers.

Moreover, the share of consumers who said they intended to purchase an electric vehicle has climbed steadily since 2018, when just under half of those surveyed said they would purchase one, and between 2018 and 2019, the share of those intending to buy a used electric vehicle almost doubled. Despite all this, however, a 2020 survey revealed that most Aussies still consider a gasoline-powered vehicle over any other alternative, with the fossil fuel being chosen by around double the number of respondents over a mild hybrid.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 23 most important statistics relating to "Electric vehicles in Australia".


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