Is australia ready for electric cars?

Is Australia Amped and Ready For An Electrifying Future?

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We may not have flying cars or hoverboards just yet, but are we ready for electric cars? Apparently not, as Australia is currently listed as one the slowest countries in the world to adopt the electric car revolution.

According to data provided by EV Volumes, China led electric car sales in 2017 with 606,000, followed by USA with 200,000, and Norway with 82,000. It is predicted that by the end of 2018 there will be a total of 2.1 million electric vehicle plug-in sales worldwide with 350-360k in the US, 420-430k in Europe, 1150k in China, and 160k from others.

Unfortunately, Australia is nowhere to be found and in fact does not even rank in the top 10 countries. A report conducted by Climateworks Australia and Electric Vehicle Council showed that in 2017 there was a total of 2284 electric vehicle sales nationwide, and only 8 of them in Western Australia. Despite these low numbers, Australia saw a 67% increase overall in electric vehicles purchased from 2016 to 2017.

It’s not that Australians aren’t interested in electric cars, in fact a survey revealed that more than fifty per cent are interested in purchasing but are held back by a lack of infrastructure, car choices, and price.

To put it into perspective, online data shows Australia has 6800 petrol stations and 476 charging stations, that’s 14.3 stations to every 1 charging point with less than 1 available every 100km. The choices and price ranges available also didn’t really help our numbers with families being able to choose from a $70,000 BMW or a $120,000 Tesla.

As we begin 2019 here is a list of new electric cars launched in Australia so far and what to look forward to:

Tesla Model 3

  • Release date: Was previously mid 2018, has now moved to the second half of 2019.
  • Price: $35,000 USD ($47,000 before incentives) Tesla is still confirming Australian local prices without incentives but lookout for around the $50,000 mark.
    Driving range: 345 km
  • Features: The Tesla Model 3 is a four-door sedan that goes from zero to 100km/h in under six seconds. It has a five star safety rating with an advanced autopilot hardware that is capable of full self-driving.

Hyundai Ioniq

  • Release date: Available now.
  • Price: Base model hybrid starts from $33,990. Plug-in hybrid starts at $40,990. Pure electric $44,990
  • Driving range: Pure electric model will see up to 280 km. Plug-in hybrid will see up to 63 km battery power before switching over to petrol.
  • Features: The battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 23 minutes using a 100 kW fast charging station. Hyundai is also offering a 6.6 kW home charge station that will perform a full charge in 4.5 hours. Normal wall socket will take around 12 hours to fully charge.

Second Gen Nissan Leaf

  • Release date: 2019.
  • Price: Prices have not yet been revealed but expect to see them compete with Tesla around $40,000 to $50,000.
  • Driving range: Nissan has confirmed the local range will be 270 kilometres.
  • Features: A Propilot feature promises to offer full autonomous drive functionality for a single-lane highway.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

  • Release date: Available now.
  • Price: $50,500 to $55,500
  • Driving range: As a pure plug EV hybrid, it will get you 54 km, after which the petrol engine will take over.
  • Features: Equipped with the latest Mitec features including lane departure warning, blind spot warning, hill start assist, adaptive cruise control, and much more.

Jaguar I-PACE

  • Release date: Available now.
  • Price: Start from $110,990 to $171,270.
  • Driving range: up to 500 km.
  • Features: Can be charged up to 80 per cent in 90 minutes using a 50 kW rapid charger. The car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in around 4 seconds, and has a lot of storage space, being able to store 530 litres in the back and 36 in the front compartment.

Australia still has a long way to go

It is a clear sign that Australia definitely has some extra work to do when it comes to infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Realising what the future holds, Western Power along with the Electric Vehicle Council have teamed up in a bid to penetrate the technology of WA and Australia wide to improve on our current infrastructure.

RAC ev charger in wa
Interactive map here

With 11 new models to reach Australian shores by the end of 2019, and major companies such as Toyota and General Motors planning to release an entire line of electric vehicles by 2025, the thought of switching to a hybrid or electric car will probably cross your mind, consider reading our article on hybrid vehicles advantages.

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