Friday, 13 November 2020 07:52

Lack of charging stations, tax will hit take-up of EVs: survey Featured

The Nissan Leaf, one of many EVs that are sold in Australia. The Nissan Leaf, one of many EVs that are sold in Australia. Courtesy Nissan

South Australia's announcement that it would be imposing a tax on users of electric, plus the NSW statement that it too would look at such a tax, will be further disincentives to take-up of this class of vehicles by the Australian public, the insurance agency Budget Direct claims.

The company said in a statement that, based on data it had collected, electric vehicles made up only 0.6% of car sales in Australia.

There was a big lack of charging stations in some states, which meant that buying an EV was not an option for many people, Budget Direct said.

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There was an expectation of take-up rising if the Australian Labor Party was voted back into power at the 2019 election as one of their policies was to offer a 50% subsidy on the purchase of EVs. But that did not eventuate.

Budget Direct found that in the ACT EVs accounted for 83 of every 10,000 vehicle sales, the highest in the country. But it was also the place with the lowest ratio of charging stations, with 0.1 per EV, or one charger for every 10 EVs.

South Australia also had a high concentration of EVs, but less impressive charging infrastructure, with just 0.13 chargers per EV (the same as Victoria).

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The Northern Territory had the highest ratio of chargers,but this was misleading as there were only 30 EVs in the whole territory.

Budget Direct also calculated what road trips could be made in an EV with the current state of charging stations. Fifteen of the most recommended trips were considered, plotting a route based on a car with a range of 480km.

The chart included in this article provides the results, with EVs unable to make six of the trips that were considered.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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