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Electric car revolution fails to spark for Australia consumers

Resource-rich economy still heavily geared toward fossil fuels

A Tesla dealership in Sydney. Electric vehicles in Australia have so far not taken off with consumers.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australia is bucking the global trend of sharply increased demand for electric vehicles, with lackluster sales of Teslas and other models despite the country's important role in the global supply chain.

Just 7,000 electric vehicles were sold in the country in 2020, an increase of about 250, or under 4% over the previous year, according to figures from the country's Electric Vehicle Council, which represents the industry. That compares with a 43% surge in electric vehicle (sales globally to 3.2 million even as overall car sales slid by a fifth.

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