They already are but in limited models. The Tesla Model S is already here and the Tesla Model X arrived in February 2017. Although the Tesla Model 3 is due to commence production by end of 2017 it will probably be 2019 before they make their appearance in Australia. The Nissan Leaf and Mistubishi MiEV pure electric models are available but now as second hand vehicles. The BMW i3 arrived in 2014. A range of hybrid and some plug in hybrid (PHEV) models are also available – the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the top sellers in the hybrid models. With no government incentives for clean vehicles, Australia lags behind just about every other developed nation in the uptake of EVs – even economically impoverished Greece offers incentives for people to drive clean cars. VW will have 14 electric vehicles next year but we will not see any of them in Australia – “The (Australian) market hasn’t embraced these technologies and until there is sufficient demand we don’t plan to offer them,” said spokesman Karl Gehling. He cited lack of recharging infrastructure and no government incentives are part of the problem. However there are positive signs, the Renault Zoe and Renault Kangoo ZE van have been on sale since the start of 2018. In October 2018 the Jaguar i-Pace will arrive, as will the Hyundai Ioniq hatch, the crossover SUV Hyundai Kona along with sister company Kia’s electric Niro, another crossover SUV. The new Nissan LEAF is also due to arrive in Australia before the end of 2018. Things are looking up with these more affordable models on sale.