Just one in 100 second-hand autos on the market is electrical and it might take three years for the scenario to considerably enhance, consultants warn.
Better authorities subsidies focusing on fleets and second-hand autos might enhance provide, they are saying, which might in any other case sluggish the broader uptake of zero-emission autos and cuts to move air pollution.
The modest variety of second-hand electrical autos in Australia comes regardless of hovering new automobile gross sales, with the transport expertise breaking data in June and virtually doubling this 12 months.
CARS24 chief government Olya Rudenko stated discovering used electrical autos to purchase in Australia was frustratingly uncommon.
“Out of 190,000 (second-hand automobile) listings, solely 1800 are electrical – that’s lower than one per cent of used vehicles in Australia,” she stated.
“That’s the fact of the marketplace for us is as a result of the availability is so quick.”
Ms Rudenko stated the variety of used electrical vehicles remained low as motorists had been prone to maintain on to new car purchases as much as seven years.
The key to rising the market, she stated, was authorities and enterprise fleet gross sales, which had been unlikely to spice up the second-hand marketplace for years.
Subsidies and rebates wanted
“Someplace between the three to 5 years from now we’re going to have a big presence of used electrical vehicles versus what we’ve right this moment,” she stated.
“When the fleets catch as much as client gross sales they usually get their share as much as 20 per cent (of all automobile gross sales) that’s when will probably be extra life like for us to see the extra electrical provide.”
Providing extra subsidies for companies to purchase electrical might speed up the market, she stated, and lengthening authorities rebates for second-hand vehicles might encourage swifter gross sales and extra listings.
CARS24, which fixes and packages second-hand vehicles on the market in Australia, doesn’t presently supply electrical autos as a consequence of a scarcity of inventory, and as a substitute sells hybrid, petrol, diesel and LPG fashions.
Australian Electrical Automobile Affiliation nationwide president Dr Chris Jones stated the costs of second-hand electrical autos remained stubbornly excessive as a consequence of quick provide.
Savvy customers might discover some electrical vehicles extra out there and cheaper than others although, he stated, together with early mannequin Nissan Leaf vehicles with shorter driving ranges and a few Tesla autos that had been discontinued or traded in by drivers upgrading to the favored Mannequin Y.
“Sure autos are commanding decrease costs,” Dr Jones stated.
“Within the case of the Tesla Mannequin S, in the event you’ve nonetheless bought a legacy mannequin from 2015 or 2016, you’re most likely not going to get as a lot cash for that as you thought as a result of they’re not going to make them any extra, for instance.”
Electrical car gross sales broke data by making up 8.8 per cent of recent automobile gross sales in June, based on the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The autos additionally represented 7.4 per cent of automobile gross sales in the course of the first six months of the 12 months, in comparison with 3.8 per cent all through 2022.