New figures from the Electric Vehicle Council show 6718 electric cars, including hybrid plug-ins, were sold nationwide last year, up from 2216 in 2018.
That’s a tripling of the number sold in the previous year. Hurrah for Australians!
Oh, hang on:
Australia trails the world in the take-up of electric vehicles, with the plug-in market about 0.6 per cent of the total market, compared to Norway’s 56 per cent, Iceland’s 25 per cent, the Netherlands’ 15 per cent and China’s 4.7 per cent.Oh. 0.6%? A bit of work to do then, and unlikely to be the biggest contributor to Tesla’s share price leap this week.
Also, there’s the awkward and inconvenient truth about how electricity is generated in Australia:
If you drive an electric vehicle in Australia, you’re an idiot.
Not only is the infrastructure not in place outside of the mung bean munching inner metro suburbs, but the electricity is generated by coal.
You’re simply signalling your virtue, disposable income and the obvious fact that you don’t visit anywhere more than a couple of hundred kilometres away from home unless you fly.
Finally, and on a related note;
A YEAR, GODDAMN IT!