Australia risks becoming dumping ground for world’s heavy polluting cars

THE DRIVEN | Australia risks becoming a dumping ground for the world’s worst polluting vehicles because of the absence of fuel and vehicle efficiency standards, according to a new report by BloombergNEF.

The assessment came as BloombergNEF noted that Australia remains a laggard in the uptake of electric vehicles, which accounted for just 0.7 per cent of total new car sales in 2019, despite a record year inspired by the release of the Tesla Model 3.

“The market is held back by a lack of sales incentives, poor model availability and a mismatch between consumer preferences and the EV models on offer,” BloombergNEF analyst Will Edmonds says.

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