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The Global Shift to Electric Vehicles

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In Australia, it’s easy to miss the unmistakable shift to electric vehicles. Whilst the Australian market has been a laggard in adopting electric and hybrid vehicles, in comparison to overseas markets, internationally countries are already building plans for a 100% electric car future.

China made headlines this month, announcing plans to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars – joining the ranks of countries developing diesel and petrol vehicle deadlines.

India, France, Britain and Norway all want to completely ditch petrol and diesel cars in favour of cleaner vehicles, developing hard cut-off dates to cease all sales. Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Korea and Spain have also set sales targets for electric vehicles sales and the decline of diesel and petrol cars.

Of the top 10 countries purchasing cars last year, 6 of those are setting electric vehicle targets, or are announcing a target to end sale of petrol and diesel cars completely.

What does this mean for you?

It doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy an electric car today. In fact, electric vehicles only account for 3% of global sales. These targets may not spell the end for petrol and diesel vehicles, but may be politically aspirational.

What it does mean, is electric vehicles can be expected to be a large part of the future of the automotive industry. The industry is already responding to the trend, with most major brands already launching hybrid and electric offerings, as well as the growth of electric only manufacturers, like Tesla.

It may mean in the future that electric cars won’t be your only option, but, perhaps the only option you would consider, diesel and petrol cars going the way of landline phones – available, but largely forgotten.

What’s important is to make the move when it makes sense for you, though with savings on servicing and mileage, it may already be the right time to make a change.

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