Plug it in, Ed­die

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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.

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