The Electric Vehicle Council reported that during the first quarter of 2023, a total of 18,857 electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in Australia. This number represents a significant increase of 142% compared to the 7,805 EVs sold during the same period in 2022.

There are now more than 100,000 EVs on Australian roads. This indicates that the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia is growing steadily. In May alone, 7.7% of new cars sold are EVs. This indicates a significant increase in EV market share.

These numbers demonstrate a positive trend in the adoption of electric vehicles in the country, indicating an increasing interest among consumers in transitioning to more sustainable transportation options.

With the NSW EV strategy in place, this will ensure a widespread EV charging across New South Wales (NSW) by making dedicated investments in EV infrastructure. This investment includes co-funding for various initiatives below:

EV Super-Highways: The NSW government plans to co-invest in ultra-fast chargers at minimum 100-kilometer intervals across all major highways in the state. This initiative aims to create ‘EV Super-Highways’ that enable seamless travel for EV drivers across NSW. By improving access to charging infrastructure, this initiative also encourages city-based EV drivers to explore regional areas, benefiting both regional residents and businesses while boosting local tourism.

EV Commuter Corridors: The strategy aims to ensure that households across Sydney are no more than 5 kilometers away from the next ultra-fast EV charger. By establishing ‘EV Commuter Corridors’ throughout the city, the government aims to provide convenient charging options for EV owners, particularly those who rely on their vehicles for daily commuting.

EV off-street parking chargers: Recognising that about 30% of drivers do not have access to private off-street parking, the NSW government plans to support private industry in building new ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure in areas where these drivers reside. This initiative ensures that ultra-fast chargers are located no more than 5 kilometers away from households with limited off-street parking, thereby enhancing accessibility to charging facilities.

To facilitate the implementation of these charging initiatives, the NSW government is calling on site operators and owners to register their interest in hosting public EV fast charging sites. This collaborative approach aims to engage private stakeholders and leverage their involvement in expanding the EV charging network across the state. You can register your interest here.