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Electric cars to get excited for

Having 230,000 electric cars on Australian roads by 2025 in order to hit a target of 1 million electric cars by 2030 is what the government needs to manage in a bid to reach the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions by  whopping 26%-28%. Given that, at the last count, Australia has a population of over 24 million you might think that this will be a fairly easy goal to hit. It may seem that way until you realise that currently there are only around 4000 electric cars on the roads today.

So why is Australia lagging so far behind other countries in changing to whisper quiet, electric cars? Norway is the current world leader in replacing the combustion engine with the battery powered one with 29% of new cars purchase last year being electric ones. Want to know what that same percentage was in Australia? O.1%. We couldn’t even get into a single figure percentage! Making thing look even more dim is that 0.1% was a decrease of 23% from the year before, if we are not careful next years number will struggle to hit a one figure decimal place!

A major factor in the slow uptake is cost. The cost of these environmentally friendly vehicles is till high. Take for example the Mitsubishi Outlander, it is a hybrid vehicle that comes with a price tag of $55,490, yet its completely petrol powered equivalent is only $41,000. A difference of about 10,424  litres of gasoline before you start seeing any savings.

The Government in Norway encourage drivers to pay extra for electric models by offsetting other costs such as a much lower stamp duty for electric vehicles than combustion engines and exemption from VAT. That is not all, there are also other perks such as free ferry travel, exemption from road tolls, free parking, use of free recharge stations and even access to bus lanes to speed their journey is it easy to see why Norwegians are embracing electric.

There are rumours of lower stamp duty and registration fees afoot in our own dear country and even the possibility of infrastructure such as charging stations being supported by the government, much more will need to be done to make up the huge price difference between electric and engine.

If that price gaps is something that you are willing to take on then cast your eye over this list of up and coming electric vehicles that are coming to our fair shores; some sooner rather than later, but one thing is for sure, we cant wait to see them in the flesh!

Hyundai Ioniq Electric: Late 2018

 

Jaguar I-Pace: Order books are open

Nissan Leaf: 2018/19 launch expected

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Hyundai Kona Electric: 2018/2019 launch expected

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