Australia is set to become an electric car country in the not-too-distant future, a new survey commissioned by the Australian Climate Council suggests.
The poll of 861 eligible voters found that two-thirds of respondents expected to purchase an electric vehicle in the future and that 1 in 6 planned to purchase one the next time they bought a car.
‘Australians are much more forward-thinking than the Federal Government,’ said Climate Councillor and former head of BP Australasia, Greg Bourne.
‘The results show the Federal Government is out of touch with everyday Australians. Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison rubbished electric vehicles, while our polling shows the majority of Australians (55%) believe they represent the future.’
The survey also found 62 per cent of Australians support a target for electric vehicles, with 44 per cent supporting Labor’s aim for 50 per cent of all new vehicles to be electric by 2030 and 18 per cent believing it should go further.
More than a third of respondents said they liked the convenience of being able to charge their car from home.
The poll also found that one in two Australians would consider buying an electric car when they become as cheap as petrol cars, as is projected to occur by 2025.
The poll found that two-thirds of Australians believe electric vehicles reduce pollution and are beneficial for people’s health and for the environment. This included 62 per cent of people who identified as Coalition voters.
‘Under this Federal Government, our greenhouse gas pollution has risen year on year,’ Mr Bourne said.
‘That’s what happens when there’s no leadership on climate change. Australia has been in the slow lane and it’s time for a new and innovative approach.’
For further information, go to: climatecouncil.org.au