SYDNEY — Electrical car (EV) gross sales in Australia hit an all-time excessive in 2023, based on the nation’s automotive affiliation, nevertheless mild car gross sales remained dominated by emissions-intensive trucks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs).
Battery-electric autos had been 7.2% of all autos offered final 12 months, greater than double the three.1% recorded in 2022, based on information from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) on Thursday.
After a decade beneath conservative governments that opposed EV adoption, the present centre-left Labor authorities, which gained energy in 2022, has launched a nationwide EV technique and offered a whole lot of tens of millions for clear transport.
Nevertheless, Australian’s proceed to want SUVs or mild commercial vehicles, fashions which often include larger emissions when fossil fuelled. The 2 classes accounted for 78.4% of all new car gross sales final 12 months.
Efforts to extend the takeup of electrical autos have lengthy been stricken by shortages, a restricted variety of fashions and sparse and generally defective charging gear.
Because of this adoption for a few years lagged international locations just like the U.S. or Britain, the place gross sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids hit 7.7% and 23%, respectively in 2022, based on the Worldwide Power Company.
Power Minister Chris Bowen mentioned in November the federal government would quickly launch particulars of its long-awaited fuel efficiency requirements, a coverage that advocates say will spur producers to ship extra EVs to Australia and additional increase adoption.