A new report has predicted that electric cars are about to make a bumpy ride in Australia.
New research has shown that two-thirds of Australians can never imagine owning an electric car.
But the flip side from the Origin Energy poll found that a third of Australians had predicted that they would own an electric vehicle within the next five years.
At the moment, electric vehicles represent only 0.2 percent of the new car market.
The study showed that saving money on fuel bills was the number one reason for wanting an electric vehicle, rather than the environment.
Origin data showed that on average a petrol car traveled 10,000 km a year would cost the owner about $ 1350 a year, while an electric vehicle could be charged for around $ 350.
The optimistic outlook for the adoption of electric vehicles is due to a wave of younger drivers wishing to enter the zero-emission automotive sector. Nearly half of drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 said they wanted an electric car. This is comparable to only 19% of people over the age of 55.
However, despite the perceived demand for electric cars, there are still some critical issues that prevent it from becoming mainstream.
Overwhelmingly, Australians thought electric cars were too expensive. they were also concerned about the lack of vehicle charging infrastructure and autonomy anxiety.
Younger drivers are much less worried about autonomy anxiety and lack of recharging infrastructure than older buyers.
Electric cars like the Tesla Model S, the BMW i3 and the Jaguar I-Pace are expensive and don't fit in the price range of most Australians. The cheaper alternatives have begun to land, particularly the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan Leaf, but they are still relatively expensive.
Hyundai has recently launched the fully electric Kona SUV and a plug-in electric and hybrid version of the Ioniq small car.
The South Korean brand has partnered with Origin Energy to increase sales of its electric cars.
Owners of Hyundai Ioniq or Kona electric are entitled to discounts on domestic solar energy to help remove their electric vehicles from the grid.
Origin's retail manager, Jon Briskin, says: "Origin is committed to moving to a smarter energy future. We are pleased to work with Hyundai to support electric vehicle drivers to take another step towards sustainability with new Origin solar energy offers. "
Hyundai has sold over 300 Ioniqs this year, but these figures also include standard hybrid versions that cannot be recharged via the network.
Recent sales figures show that more fuel-efficient vehicles are starting to spark public interest.
Sales of regular hybrids have been booming since Toyota launched the hybrid version of the RAV4 SUV at the start of this year. Toyota claims that the initial sales of the RAV4 hybrid account account for more than 62% of the total vehicle. Sales of all hybrid SUVs have increased by about 500% this year.
An advantage of hybrids is that they only cost about $ 1500 more than the petrol versions, compared to electric cars like the Kona that cost up to $ 20,000 more than conventional versions.