03.1 Electric vehicles in Australia
How many electric vehicles are there in Australia?
The number of road registered electric vehicles is growing by 68% year on year, since 2010.
In 2020, EVs made up 0.78% of new vehicle sales. By 2030, that number is expected to be 26%, equalling 1.3 million EVs on the road.
As of 30 June 2021, there are approximately 28,689 electric vehicles registered in Australia.
Globally, in 2020, there were 8.5 million electric vehicles across all sectors. That number is expected to reach 115 million EVs globally by 2030.
Where are the EV ownership hotspots?
Electric vehicle ownership is clustered in capital cities, particularly Melbourne's inner north east, Sydney's CBD & North Shore, Brisbane's inner north, Gold Coast, Adelaide CBD & North Perth. However there are now EVs in every region of Australia.
Ownership hotspots will fluctuate based on government subsidies & the availability of public charging infrastructure. For example, New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, Tasmania & the Northern Territory have all announced financial subsidies for residents to purchase EVs, while South Australia aims to have all passenger vehicles sold by 2035 to be electric.