There's a Victorian registered Nissan Note e-Power and Bolt on display. I wonder what's the story with them?
My dad's shopping for a new car. He's eyeing a Corolla Hybrid or Swift Sport. I'd like to steer him to the Nissan Note e-Power but it looks a little cheap and dated in comparison. The current Note first debuted in 2012.
No shortage of trial EVs in Australia it seems - Kona, Ioniq, Leaf, Note e-Power, Bolt, i-Pace and Model 3. All available now in other markets around the world but not available here. Sometimes I think the manufacturers in Australia are not releasing their products in Australia on purpose waiting for Government support (that won't be coming with the current Federal Government).
Glad I bought a Gen 1 Leaf, Outlander PHEV and Zero SR in 2013 to 2014 and have been able to enjoy 5 years of electric driving. The sad thing is with the exception of the Outlander PHEV, you can't buy these EVs in Australia any more.
Manufacturers complain about support for EVs in the Australian market but when you restrict supply all you do is frustrate EV buyers and slow EV adoption from a crawl to a snail's pace.
Note to car manufacturers - don't bother telling me when you expect to release your next EV in Australia, just tell me when it's on the lot at my local dealer!
IMO, its a largely matter of economics. In other markets, subsidies provide the profit margin which manufacturers and dealerships are accustomed to receiving from parts and service. Experience with the iMieV, Leaf and Volt in Australia has shown that not many Australians are prepared to cop the Australian tax, consequently without government subsidies and without the ability to realize a profit by way of the Australia tax, EV manufacturers are saying stuff you Australia, we'll focus on markets where we know we can make a profit.
Post by EVangelist on Sept 5, 2018 19:19:25 GMT 11
Except Tesla. Their commitment to Australia has been exemplary despite of the lack of any government support. Just look at the way their Supercharger network has expanded over the last 12 months and continues to expand. And they’ve just opened a new delivery and service centre in Alexandria, bringing their presence here in Sydney to three locations.
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2018 19:19:53 GMT 11 by EVangelist
Powered by the sun - 5.8kW Solar and Powerwall 2. And when not, 100% Green Power customer