Current exorbitant fuel prices could force Australian motorcycle importers to rethink their strategy of not importing electric motorcycles and scooters.
It could also inspire manufacturers and their representative groups (such as the Federal Automobile Industry Council) to start pedaling motorcycles as a cheaper alternative to automobiles.
Fuel pumps across the country are currently over $ 2.20 for a liter of standard fuel, so due to the current war in Ukraine, even a small submission of a hatchback can cost more than $ 100.
This could mean that more and more drivers may start looking at electric cars and bicycles.
The assortment of electric cars available in Australia is modest, but picking is even slimmer for riders.
Most electric motorcycles available in Australia are low power scooters.
Even Australia’s first electric motorcycle and scooter company FonzieProduces only low to medium power bikes in a very limited range.
On the other side of the scale, Harley-Davidson has had limited success with its $ A50k LiveWire, a high-performance naked bike.
There are many more electricity options available abroad, but Australian importers are generally conservative in their approach to importing them.
If the pain of high fuel prices continues, it may change.
There is already pressure from within the Liberal Party to ease the 44c / liter excise tax on fuel by the federal government.
Don’t expect the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to do anything about fuel prices.
The official answer says that setting fuel prices has no role, but “promotes and provides price transparency in the petrol market, striving to help people across the country find the best fuel deals. I will. “
They say Australian fuel retailers are allowed to set their own retail prices for fuels, but they need to set prices independently of other retailers.
So why do all servo fuel prices seem to go up on the same day? Isn’t that a collusion?
Importers and representatives, on the other hand, need to admire the economic strengths of motorcycles.
Modern 250cc motorcycles and scooters weigh about 2.8L / 100km (85mpg), and no car on the planet can match this kind of economy.
Indeed, it is worth promoting in this current climate.
What is needed is a pool of industry-wide advertising spend to promote the general benefits of electric motorcycles, not specific manufacturers or models.
The problem is that motorcycle importers are reluctant to promote what’s common and are afraid that it could lead to the sale of competing motorcycles.
Motorcycles may be cheaper to fill than cars, but they aren’t really that economical. Click here for the reason.
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