Electric vehicles are a proven technology with strong environmental, economic and social benefits.

Electric vehicles powered by renewable energy can reduce emissions and could help Australia meet its Paris-aligned targets at a lower cost. They offer benefits to public health, reduce air pollution in cities, and can generate Australian jobs. Despite these benefits, Australia is falling behind on electric vehicle uptake. What’s more, Australia’s relatively slow rate of electric vehicle uptake stands in contrast to consumer attitudes.

The State of Electric Vehicles report provides an up-to-date assessment of the state of Australia’s electric vehicles industry. It provides key data against a range of barriers to electric vehicle uptake:

  1. Electric vehicle uptake in Australia
  2. Charging infrastructure
  3. Consumer attitudes
  4. Electric vehicle policy in Australia

The report found 1,369 electric vehicles were sold in Australia in 2016, representing 0.1 per cent of the market. Our survey of 504 Victorians found that 50.2 per cent would consider purchasing an electric vehicle, and 19 per cent had researched the options for purchasing an electric vehicle. However, purchase cost and the distance able to be travelled on a charge remain key concerns. 

Through annual updates, the report will track Australia’s progress towards a lower emission, more cost-effective light vehicle fleet.