Majority of Australians Support EV Policies, Including Subsidies for New Car Purchases
The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of Australians about electric vehicle (EV) policies in January and March of 2021.
Respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed that the Australian Government should introduce subsidies and/or tax incentives to reduce the costs of purchasing an EV and whether they support or oppose a policy similar to the United Kingdom’s planned ban on the sale of new fossil fuelled vehicles from 2035.
Most Australians support both the introduction of a subsidy or tax incentive to reduce the cost of purchasing an EV and a policy to ban the sale of new conventional fossil fuelled vehicles from 2035.
- Two in three Australians (62%) agree that the government should introduce subsidies for the purchase of EVs.
- This includes 65% of Coalition voters and 64% of Labor voters.
- Over half of Australians (57%) support a ban on the sale of new fossil fuelled vehicles from 2035.
- Half of Coalition voters (49%) support a 2035 ban, with one in four (28%) opposed. Two in three Labor voters (65%) and three in four Greens voters (76%) support a 2035 ban.