Hybrid and EV car sales lead the way during dismal 2020
RACQ has welcomed news of a bumper year for hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) sales after the wider car industry suffered its worst year since 2003.
The Australian reported while overall car sales fell by almost 14 percent in 2020, hybrid vehicle sales had increased by 93.7 percent in 2020 and EV sales were up 16.2 percent.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said it was great to see a sustainable silver lining to the year of low sales and proof EV technology would continue to grow in popularity.
“Low emission vehicles are not only an environmentally-friendly transport option but hybrids can also potentially save motorists money in the long run,” Dr Michael said.
“Many countries are aiming to make almost half their road fleets electric within the next five years, so the global car market is really ramping up production of low emissions vehicles with Ford, VW and General Motors due to begin rolling out electric SUVs and trucks.”
Dr Michael said RACQ was proud to help drive Queensland’s transition to a cleaner, greener future, but called on the State Government to do more to support EV uptake.
“Last year we partnered with the State Government and energy company Yurika to sponsor the Queensland Electric Vehicle Super Highway (QESH) and switch on 13 new charging stations,” she said.
“EV drivers can now access more than 30 charging hubs on the QESH, stretching from the border to far north Queensland and from Brisbane to Toowoomba.
“To continue this growth trend we call on the State Government to implement policies which support uptake, including removing stamp duty on all new cars and provide greater registration discounts for low emission cars.”