Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford says that despite comments by some government ministers, manufacturers of popular makes of utes have confirmed they will not have battery electric models coming to the market in the next 12-to-24 months.
“Based on feedback from members of the association, one or two brands are working hard to get in a fully electric ute,” says David, “but our expectation is plug-in hybrid utes might become more widely available by 2025 and full battery electric utes after that.
“There are a range of BEV vans on the market now and we expect more models will become available in the next 12-to-24 months.
“Speculation by ministers of when models are coming to the market is unhelpful and potentially misleading. At worst it becomes a death knell to business continuity.”