TODAY I ATTENDED a test drive of a Tesla Model 3 Performance and, quite frankly, I’ve had an epiphany. I have never experienced such savage acceleration, and as I was crushed into the 3’s accommodating buckets, I was made to contemplate Australia’s stance on EVs. Why isn’t Australia subsidising the cost of electric cars? Why have we not established a legislated ‘end point’ for combustion vehicles like the UK? What incentives are our government providing to swing consumers? Why are South Australians and Victorians being taxed to merely drive their electric cars? And, let’s not forget, on top of all this purchasers are still slapped with the luxury car tax – legislation implemented to protect local manufacturing. I think the ATO is in for a bit of a shock.
We share the sentiment, Adam. Manufacturers are answering the EV call and yet we – Australia collectively – aren’t doing enough to ease the transition. It’s pretty poor, actually.