Key stumbling blocks for electric vehicle adoption

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The largest study of the factors involved in fleets adopting Electric Vehicle in Australia, has found limited action from Federal Government, high purchase costs and limited availability are the key stumbling blocks in taking on EVs.

The survey was initiated by the Australasian Fleet Management Association and the NSW Department of Planning.

The survey heard from 177 organisations, both private and public, who control almost 70,000 vehicles.

Many organisations have set targets to become carbon neutral. Transport contributes almost 18% of Australia’s total emissions, so converting fleets is important but challenging.

Larger fleets are most likely to have reached a higher level of EV maturity


  • purchase cost (60%)
  • cost of setting up workplace infrastructure (45%)
  • limited choice (34%)

Are further stumbling blocks

Despite COVID, over a half of respondents indicated their purchase decisions are still based on “business as usual” whilst a quarter said its “watch and wait”.

Im David Brown

Motoring Minutes are heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio networkMotoring Minutes have an average daily audience of over 150,000 listeners. Motoring Minutes are also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program, which is broadcast through the Community Radio Network across Australia and has a weekly audience of over 450,000.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto