Electric vehicle sales are on the rise around the world, and while the trend might have taken some time to catch on in Australia, recent data has shown a huge surge in EV ownership Down Under.
EVs first become available in Australia in 2011, with less than 50 models being sold in that first year, a staggeringly small percentage of the more than 1 million vehicles sold that year. Numbers rose to 253 and 293 in 2012 and 2013, finally breaking the four-digit barrier in 2014, when 1,322 EVs were sold.
2017 saw the first time that Australian EV sales exceeded 2,000, and 2018 saw similar numbers, with 2,216 sales, but 2019 saw a massive leap up to 6,718 sales, representing 0.6% of the year's total vehicle sales.
It's also interesting to see how ownership varies across the nation. Victoria and New South Wales are the two states with the highest numbers of EVs, but it's actually the ACT and South Australia tied for the top spot in terms of EV sales per 10,000 vehicles.
For the early years of the EV revolution, it seemed that Australia was lagging behind, perhaps due to a lack of support or lack of general awareness about the benefits and advantages offered by EV technology.
However, these recent figures show a clear and obvious shift in attitudes across the nation towards EVs and what they have to offer. There was a real surge in EV purchases for 2020, and 2021 numbers are looking strong too.
A big part of the increased interest in EV sales across Australia has to be the increased availability of new models and accessible charging technology.
In the past, Australian buyers had to choose between just a few possible electric options when deciding to buy an EV, but nowadays, with the likes of the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Ioniq, and BMW i3 available Down Under, buyers have a much wider range of vehicles to select from.
Charging technology and EV infrastructure has also improved massively across Australia, making it easier for people to own and operate their own vehicles, charging them up on the go, at home, and so on with simple, seamless charging solutions.
With more and more Australians deciding that the time is right to join up with the EV craze and enjoy the benefits of owning an electric vehicle of their own, it's clear to see that the coming months and years will offer a lot to EV owners all over the country. In short, there's never been a better time to make the upgrade.
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