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The Electric Vehicle Council has released its new State of EVs report has shown EVs now take up 3.39 per cent of all vehicle sales.

The report has outlined each state and territory’s EV sale percentage with the ACT leading the nation on sales, with 9.5 per cent of all new vehicles sales being EVs.

It is followed by New South Wales (3.7%), Victoria (3.4%), Queensland (3.3%), Tasmania (3.3%), Western Australia (2.8%), South Australia (2.3%), and the Northern Territory (0.8%).

Total EV sales have risen 65 per cent compared to 2021 figures.

In an Electric Vehicle Council media release, Head of Policy Jake Whitehead said while the increased enthusiasm was welcome, Australia still needed a strong National EV Strategy to catch up to the rest of the world.

“It’s great to see so much momentum behind EV sales in Australia, but to put our 3.4 per cent in context – Germany sits at 26 per cent, the UK at 19 per cent, and California at 13 per cent. The global average is 8.6 per cent so Australia has a long, long way to come,” Dr Whitehead said.

“We know from all the research that Australians are keen to get behind the wheel of an EV, but they just aren’t getting the access that other markets get. Because our governments have lagged the world on EV policy, Australia is still something of an afterthought for global EV manufacturers. So Australian consumers have a smaller range of EVs to choose from and they are also being forced to wait for many months or even years to take delivery of new vehicles.

“The good news is the new federal government understands the opportunities of EVs and is working on a genuine EV strategy. Although that strategy will need include a range of measures, high on the list must be fuel efficiency standards.

“If Australia does not introduce fuel efficiency standards on par with the EU and the US we will continue to lag the world by a huge margin. Given transport makes up 19 per cent of Australia’s emissions we also can’t say we’re serious about achieving our 2030 emission reduction target without fuel efficiency standards.”

Find the full report here.

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