Australian EV sales have increased by 185% since 2022

(The Guardian, 5 Dec 2023) Industry experts say electric cars sales figures could be higher if the government stops delaying fuel efficiency standards.

Sales of electric vehicles in Australia have more than doubled this year compared to 2022 but industry experts say the figure could be even higher had the government introduced long-promised fuel efficiency standards.

The year-to-date sales of battery electric vehicles (EVs) have hit 80,446 compared to 28,326 for the same period last year, an increase of 185%, according to figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. EVs made up 7.2% of all motor vehicle sales so far this year.

“We were hopeful it would be high but this is at the top end of our expectations,” the chamber’s chief executive, Tony Weber, said on Tuesday.

Behyad Jafari, the Electric Vehicle Council’s chief executive, said 2023 was the third year in a row that electric car sales had more than doubled from the previous 12 months as supply started to keep pace with demand.

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The Guardian, 5 Dec 2023: Australian EV sales have increased by 185% since 2022