How electric vehicle sales in Australia have doubled in one year

The electric car revolution is arriving sooner than expected with sales doubling in just a year - even in a slowing market.

In October, 58 plug-in electric vehicles were sold, more than double the 27 tally of a year earlier, new Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed.

Unlike fully-electric cars, PHEVs also have a petrol motor but can travel further on rechargeable battery power and use less fuel than a regular hybrid.

Sales of petrol-electric hybrids meanwhile surged by 30 per cent from 1,722 to 2,237. 

During the same period, monthly sales of petrol cars dived by 28 per cent from 20,866 to 15,017, even though the broader car market was just 1.5 per cent weaker.

Compared with a year earlier, demand for diesel cars halved from 846 to 404.

The electric car revolution may be arriving sooner than expected with sales doubling in just a year - even in a slowing market. In October, 58 plug-in electric vehicles were sold, more than double the 27 tally of a year earlier, new Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed. Pictured is a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV being recharged

The electric car revolution may be arriving sooner than expected with sales doubling in just a year - even in a slowing market. In October, 58 plug-in electric vehicles were sold, more than double the 27 tally of a year earlier, new Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed. Pictured is a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV being recharged

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Tony Weber said the results showed Australian motorists were more open-minded about hybrid and electric cars, which now have a 2.9 per cent share of the car market.

'Electrified vehicles also experienced a surge during the month, more than doubling in their total sales compared to October 2019,' he said.

'This shows that Australian consumers are willing to explore new drive train technologies.'

Demand for fully-electric cars however fell from 96 to 78 cars, with environmentally-conscious motorists clearly favouring hybrids with a petrol motor.

Compared with a year earlier, demand for diesel cars halved from 846 to 404 as sales of petrol-electric hybrid surged by 30 per cent from 1,722 to 2,237. Pictured is the Toyota RAV4, Australia's most popular SUV and Australia's top-selling hybrid car

Compared with a year earlier, demand for diesel cars halved from 846 to 404 as sales of petrol-electric hybrid surged by 30 per cent from 1,722 to 2,237.

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