The experimental electric passenger vehicle use estimates presented here are for battery electric vehicles only. Plug-in hybrid and petrol/electric hybrid vehicles are excluded from these statistics as far as possible.
- Electric passenger vehicles registered in Australia travelled 69 million km in the 12 months ended 30 June 2020.
- On average, electric passenger vehicles travelled 11.1 thousand km per vehicle. This is the same distance reported for all passenger vehicles and 600 km further than the average distance travelled for petrol passenger vehicles (10.5 thousand km).
- Within states and territories, Victorian electric passenger vehicles drove the furthest in total (25 million km) whilst electric vehicles registered in the ACT travelled the furthest on average (12.8 thousand km).
- Electric passenger vehicles were mostly driven within capital cities, accounting for 50 million km, or 72.5% of all travel by this type of vehicle.
These statistics relate to the 6 thousand electric passenger vehicles identified by the Motor Vehicle Census in January 2019. Since this time electric vehicle sales and registrations have increased significantly as highlighted by the 2021 Motor Vehicle Census.
- The ability to produce accurate estimates of the number of electric vehicles registered in Australia is limited by the inconsistent classification of electric and hybrid electric vehicles to fuel type categories.