Plug it in, Eddie
BMW sees enormous opportunity for the government to make a real difference to the level of Australia’s emissions.”
Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesman Jerry Stamoulis believes incentives would be effective. “If there were government incentives in place we would see spikes in plug-in hybrid sales similar to those in Europe now,” he says.
Makers of more affordable cars than BMW and MercedesBenz also think incentives are needed to kickstart the market for plug-in cars in Australia.
“Unless the Australian government adopts similar policies (to Europe) locally,” says Mitsubishi Australia corporate communications head Shayna Welsh, “we don’t expect any significant change in demand for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles until the technology becomes more affordable.
“There are more things governments could be doing to improve the economics of buying an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.”
Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is currently Australia’s best-selling car with a cord.