The top ten countries leading the electric vehicle race and setting the standard for lower carbon emissions has been revealed, and despite the various electric vehicles available to buy, Australia is nowhere to be seen!
Electric vehicles have disrupted the transportation and technology industries. They have shown how important it is to find alternate sources of fuel and they can positively affect the environment and society as a whole. However, the electric vehicle market in Australia has had its fair share of difficulties and Australia is falling behind its global competitors.
In Australia, only 21,000 electric vehicle sales have been reported, which means there are around 1200 Australians for every vehicle.
Although there continues to be an undeniable upturn in electric vehicle sales in Australia as registrations hit 20,000, the percentage of vehicle sales that were pure electric in 2020 sits at a disappointing 0.6% of the market share. This compares with between 5% and 8% in many comparable countries and about 60% in Norway, a small market that went hard early in backing the technology.
But there is some hope on the horizon for Australia, as many states continue to work on their own electric vehicle policies, and in some cases, set targets for government fleets and the general driving population. $72 million in funding has already announced for co-investing in charging infrastructure.
In a leaked government document, it outlines a two-year trial of an electric car fleet for COMCAR, which provides cars and drivers for politicians. As well as asking energy agencies to look at options for car-to-home and car-to-grid battery use.
There is now a societal need to switch to electric cars. So, who is leading the way when it comes to electric vehicles? We looked at the leading countries in electric vehicle sales and market share, and then crossed referenced against population figures, and the number of electric vehicle charging points to calculate a leaderboard.
This leaderboard tells us who is leading the race to become the first-ever electric vehicle only and setting the standard for lower carbon emissions.
Car Hire at Australia's main international airports
Only 15 minutes drive from Central Sydney, Sydney Airport services in excess of 44 million passengers every year. You can compare all of the options for car hire in Sydney Airport on our website, along with options that include a low security deposit and low insurance excess. On arrival at the airport, you can find the car hire collection desks within the Terminal 1 International Arrivals hall.
Only 25 minutes drive outside of the Centre of Melbourne, Melbourne Airport caters for in excess of 37 million passengers annually. Car hire at Melbourne Airport is available to pre book for collection on arrival. To pick-up your car when you arrive at the airport head to the ground floor of the car park opposite terminal 3 (below the Park Royal Hotel).
Only a 20 minute drive away from the Centre of Brisbane, Brisbane Airport is the Country's third busiest airport, catering for more than 23 million passengers every year. If you'd like to pick-up a car for your journey, you'll find most of the main collection desks for car rental at Brisbane Airport located inside the Domestic Terminal, on level 1 near the luggage claim area.
A short a 15 minute drive from Central Adelaide, Adelaide International Airport services in excess of 8 million passengers every year. Our website makes it easy to compare all of the different options for affordable car hire in Adelaide Airport. When you arrive at the airport you can find the car rental collection desks located on the ground floor of the main terminal building near the baggage claim area.
20 minutes drive away from the Centre of Perth and acting as the main international gateway to western Australia, Perth Airport caters for more than 12 million passengers per annum. It's really easy to compare cheap options for car hire at Perth Airport, all available to reserve for collection on arrival. The car rental desks at the airport are located near the luggage claim area.
Gold Coast Airport
Conveniently located less than a 30 minute drive away from the centre of the Gold Coast, Gold Coast Airport caters for nearly 6.5 million passengers per annum. If you intend to collect your car hire in Gold Coast Airport for your journey you'll find the car rental collection desks located opposite to the arrivals area.
A quick 15 minute drive from Cairns, Cairns International Airport offers access to the North East of Australia and the great barrier reef. You can reserve car hire at Cairns Airport on our website, so that it's easy and convenient to collect a car when you land at the airport. You can find the majority of the car rental collection desks located within the arrivals area of T1 and T2.
Only a a 10 minute drive away from Australia's capital, Canberra International Airport services in excess of 3 million passengers each year. We compare all of the options for car hire in Canberra Airport, so it's easy to book a great deal before you land. At the airport, you can find most of the major car rental brands collection desks within the main terminal building.
Providing access to the North of Australia, Darwin Airport services nearly 2 million passengers every year. It's possible to collect your car hire in Darwin Airport prior to your journey. When you arrive, the majority of the car rental collection desks are located within the main terminal building.
Tasmania's primary international airport, Hobart Airport is only a 20 minute drive away from central Hobart. We compare all of the leading brands for car rental at Hobart Airport, so you can search, compare and save on your car rental with confidence. When you arrive at the airport, the car rental desks can be found in the main arrivals hall.