EVs travelled further than petrol vehicles in past year

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Australian electric vehicle (EV) drivers are, on average, driving further than those with petrol vehicles as infrastructure improves, The Guardian reports.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics looked at how electric vehicle drivers use their cars and found that in the 12 months to 30 June 2020 they had travelled 69 million kilometres—600km more than drivers of petrol vehicles for the year.

In New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT, EV owners travelled further than petrol vehicle owners, with Queensland not far behind.

Electric Vehicle Council head of policy Dr Jake Whitehead said these early results were promising as they showed people were beginning to leave urban environments as infrastructure improved.

“The claim that EVs will end the weekend can be put to bed,” Whitehead told The Guardian.

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“We are seeing them used for those longer-distance trips interstate. Overall this is very encouraging and demonstrates that Australians are adopting electric vehicles, and that having freedom to travel across the country is being helped by the increase infrastructure.”

Whitehead also said the data came with some caveats as it relied on a small sample size, and different states and territories did not always clearly distinguish whether a car was an EV or plug-in hybrid.

“We should be very clear about what an electric vehicle is: it’s been established internationally that an EV is one you plug in and power using electricity,” Whitehead said.

“Hybrids and these mythical hydrogen cars—which there are very few of—unless they can be plugged in and powered they are not EVs. And we should treat them separately, especially as they have different infrastructure requirements.”

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