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Australia on track for an electric revolution on the road

By Liam Taylor  August 20th, 2019

A comprehensive new analysis of electric vehicles in Australia suggests half of all new cars on the road could be electric by 2035.

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A comprehensive new analysis of electric vehicles in Australia suggests half of all new cars on the road could be electric by 2035. 

The Electric Vehicle Uptake: Modelling a Global Phenomenon report from the government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economies looked at the uptake of electric vehicles across 22 countries. Overall trends suggest sales currently vary greatly between nations based on legislation but are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

The electric vehicle share of new car sales (currently less than 1%) is expected to reach 8% by 2025 before jumping up to 27% by 2030. As prices of the technology continue to fall electric vehicles are expected to reach 50% of all new car sales by 2035. 

Behyad Jafari, chief executive of Australia’s Electric Vehicle Council, told The Guardian the results suggest a transition to electric vehicles down under is inevitable. 

“As this report shows, the destination for Australia is predetermined. The choice is how much value and benefit we capture in getting there,” Mr Jafari said.

“Globally, there is some $US300bn being invested in the EV sector. Surely Australia should be getting a piece of the action.” 

A primary reason posited by the report for the rise of electric vehicles is the cost of batteries. By 2025, the cost of these batteries are expected to more than halve at the same time as battery capacities continue to increase.

Compared to the other countries studied, Australia’s electric vehicle uptake was relatively slow with significant change unlikely until the technology becomes price competitive.

 

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By Liam Taylor

Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia. Joining the communications team at Planet Ark, he hopes to inspire positive environmental behaviour through effective and positive messaging.

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