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It is still early days, but Australian sales of electric vehicles are increasing faster than those of plug-in hybrid cars.

While electric vehicles are expected to account for 100 per cent of new-car sales in Norway by early 2022, Australia is streets behind.

According to the official industry scoreboard in Australia – which excludes Tesla, as the US brand does not provide delivery data – electric and plug-in hybrid cars account for just 0.8 per cent of reported vehicle sales so far this year.

Even with Tesla’s reported 3430 annual sales in 2020, Australia’s electric-car tally is minuscule by global standards.

But they are growing, and according to the latest data electric vehicle sales in Australia are moving faster than their plug-in hybrid counterparts.

Sales of electric cars of all shapes and sizes jumped by a staggering 191 per cent in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year, versus to a 111 per cent rise for plug-in hybrid options over the same period.

Despite the hype around electric and plug-in hybrid cars, regular hybrid cars – which don’t need to be plugged in because they recharge on the move – still account for the overwhelming majority of sales of electrified vehicles.

In the first nine months of 2021 there were 55,257 hybrid cars reported as sold (the majority of those being Toyotas), versus 3568 electric cars and 2359 plug-in hybrids.

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