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This report is an annual report providing an up-to-date assessment of the state of Australia’s electric vehicle industry. The second edition of this report tracks Australia’s progress towards a lower emissions, more cost effective light vehicle fleet.
This report follows and builds on the structure of the previous report, covering four main sections and providing updated data for 2017 against a range of indicators and market barriers to electric vehicle uptake:
1. Electric vehicle uptake in Australia, including electric vehicle sales numbers from 2011 to 2017, both by jurisdiction and market segment. This section also provides an overview of historical, current and future model availability in Australia. An assessment of the second-hand electric vehicle market has been added in this report, providing comparisons and lessons learned from more established international markets;
2. Charging Infrastructure, reviewing the roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Australia by state and location. We have included data around the emissions intensity of electric vehicles when charged off the grid, by state and territory;
3. Consumer attitudes, the online survey was expanded in this report with both the Royal Automotive Club of Victoria (RACV) and the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) surveying residents of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory about their perceptions of electric vehicles. The survey collected a total of 1,086 responses, with the results being consistent across jurisdictions surveyed this year and with the results outlined in the previous year’s report; and
4. Electric vehicle policy in Australia, reviewing implemented and proposed policy across federal, state and territory jurisdictions. We have also included a brief assessment of the types of policies that would address key barriers and support the uptake of electric vehicles at the local government level.