The sales of electric vehicles are increasing even as the overall sales value for cars drops. EV proponents argue that South Australia is at risk of missing the chance of transitioning to electric vehicles if they don’t pass the Electric Vehicle Action Plan.
Although the sales value of the automobile industry plummeted in this coronavirus period, the sale of plug-in hybrid vehicles and hybrid cars escalated. Generally, the highest sales recorded were for hybrid SUVs with a consequent drop for the ICE car sales by about 40%.
The director of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Lenore Fletcher, stated that international firms’ attention to environmental benefits had contributed significantly to the growing number of EVs entering the South Australian market. The catalyst in the high number of EV sales is the Electric Vehicle Action Plan by the State Government, which will help the country ditch fossil fuels. This plan is the government’s consultative efforts intended to cut off dependency on fossil fuels in economic drivers like the transportation industry.
The government spokesperson states that the government is finalizing some details concerning the Electric Vehicle Action Plan before allowing its implementation in the various sectors that it will be eligible. South Australia’s Conservation CEO Craig Wilkins stated that the plan is a formulation after collaborating with industry stakeholders like EV producers, electricity utilities, and environmental agencies.
Wilkins is unhappy that the South Australian government is sluggish in releasing a conclusive electric vehicle strategy that they had promised to release last year. He compared South Australia to other nations saying that other countries are far ahead and elaborate progress in the transition to clean energy vehicles.
Wilkins laments over the country’s slow decision-making process to implement policies that favor this plan. He advises the government to motivate EV uptake by reducing taxes on these cars, making policies that support the EV technology and demonstrating mile range suitability of the vehicles through programs that allow test drives to take a long time.
Wilkins advises investors to consider investing in the installation of fast-charging stations through Adelaide and other South Australian regions, especially now that the chance is open. Wilkins admits that investing in such facilities in the country will create a consumer urge to test these vehicles and also create jobs for the citizens.
The SA Electric Vehicle Association’s Sally Knight states that the EV incentives must be more lucrative to stimulate demand for the cars and shake up the economy to phase out ICE cars.
Finally, Knight warns that the federal government must take the challenge and advocate for the transition to electric vehicles to minimize the pollution-induced by the usage of ICE cars. Knight stated that since SA is far behind in terms of transition to EVs, then the government must act quickly through its various regulations.