Electric vehicles you’ll be driving in 2019
Australia is hopping on board the electric vehicle bandwagon.
Australians have taken a while to warm to the idea of battery electric vehicles (BEV), but 2019 is a key year in the rollout of green automotive alternatives.
Much of Western Europe has embraced electric vehicles, largely on the back of increasingly strict emissions regulations that have forced car-makers to redeploy their development spend from large-capacity petrol and diesel engines in favour of smaller, more efficient internal combustion engines, and zero-emission electric powertrains.
Countries such as the Netherlands introduced consumer incentives, including the exemption of registration and road taxes, years ago to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles (EV). The country also has the highest ratio of charging points to electric vehicles in the world.
China, Japan, and parts of the United States and Canada all have incentive programs and a growing charging network, but Australia is still well behind, with the federal government not offering any buyer incentives or support for charging infrastructure.
Most major car-makers have announced their global electrification strategy and many of them have committed to offering zero-emission vehicles in Australia.
EVs are expected to remain more expensive than their petrol or diesel counterparts for at least a few years to come, but many industry observers point to mid-next decade as the ‘tipping point’ when an EV will likely cost the same as an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle.
Judging by new-vehicle sales, Australians still love a petrol engine, and the rise of dual-cab utes proves that they also love a big diesel engine.
But interest in EVs is slowly growing. We have detailed a list of what EVs to expect in dealerships in 2019.