MP calls for EV tax breaks
Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, joins Michael regarding North Sydney federal MP Trent Zimmerman’s call on the federal government to cut its luxury car tax and for states to offer lower registration charges for electric vehicles.
This would be a welcome enticement after figures released by the Electric Vehicle Council show Australian electric car sales stagnant at a time when the rest of the world is hitting the accelerator hard.
In 2020, there were 6,900 electric cars sold in Australia, a 2.7 per cent increase from the 6,718 sold in 2019. The 2020 figures show electric cars accounting for 0.7 per cent of total Australian car sales.
By comparison, electric vehicles in the EU increased their market share from 3.8 per cent in 2019 to 10.2 per cent in 2020. In the the UK, it was 3.1 per cent in 2019 against 10.7 per cent in 2020. In California, market share went from 7.6 per cent to 8.1 per cent. And in Norway, it rose from 56 per cent in 2019 to 75 per cent in 2020.
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