Call me mad, but I've spent part of my Saturday night doing a Cost Benefit Analysis for EVs in Australia All statistics are for 12 months ending 30/06/2016 and come from this report: 9208.0 - Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, 12 months ended 30 June 2016 I was inspired by a chat I was having with @raynewman about just making charging free and universal. It occurred to me that if you step back far enough and look at the nation as a whole, we should be rushing to EV adoption as quickly as possible. In Australia we drive about 250 billion km annually, burning a staggering 32,732 megalitres of fuel at a total cost of $42.5 billion. If we were all driving modern EVs (Hyundai Ionic, Model 3) we'd be using 38,424 gWh of electricity, a cost of $11.1 billion. This would save $31.4 billion per year, every year. With this kind of saving incentive at stake for the nation, the government should be heavily incentivising the move to EVs. Instead, in Australia we have essentially: no incentives no tax breaks no reduction in stamp duty (except ACT) a very minor reduction in the absurd Luxury Car Tax almost zero government-funded charging infrastructure no national charging standard no emissions based road tax to nudge towards efficiency We are left to park in showgrounds, rely on corporate largess, wait upon the whim of Tesla and other makers to roll out their own silo infrastructure. This is leaving aside the countless other benefits (both tangible and intangible) of moving to EVs: Reduced noise pollution Reduced health costs associated with burning fuel where people live No need to run expensive air cleaning in tunnels, underground car parks etc Domestic generators rather than foreign oil An improved grid Reduced servicing, refueling time We need our governments to take charge and actually do the right thing on this.