We are not selling many electric cars with the ACT Sustainable Household Scheme, but we are selling a lot of electric bicycles WITHOUT it. Better cycle infrastructure would permit bicycle use for transport, especially for commuting to work, university, or school. Only 49 EVs were purchased in 2021-22 as a result of this scheme, compared to 54,000 electric bikes in Oz. Data from the Sustainable Household Scheme was released by the ACT Government in late June 2022.
Under the ACT Sustainable Household Scheme, only 49 EVs were purchased, compared with 54,000 electric bikes in Australia without the scheme! Imagine what we could have done with a little money for electric bikes. 😊
Sustainable Household Scheme is the ACT loan scheme to promote the transition to low emission alternatives. Unfortunately, so far it has had very little impact on electric vehicle (EV) take up. In Australia, the car fleet in around 20.1 million vehicles (2019). Only, 49 electric vehicles were purchased due to the Sustainable Household Scheme (new EVs 26 and used 23).
In the financial year ending this week, over 6,300 households have applied for loans across all products, totalling $60 million in approved loans.Successful scheme supports Canberrans with everyday climate choices, Andrew Barr, MLA | Media Release 29/06/2022, accessed 30 June 2022.
The Bicycle Industries Australia 2020 calendar year import data (1.4 million bikes) and the industry assumption that there are approximately 300,000 bicycles in stock in shops and warehouses. In 2020, approximately 54,000 electric bikes were sold. (source: The Australian Cycling Economy 2021 Report, We Ride Australia, 20 October 2021, 10)