Sales of electric cars have more than doubled from the first half of last year – although one in two cars sold is still a Tesla.
Almost one in two electric cars sold in Australia in 2022 was a Tesla Model 3 – in an electric vehicle market that has more than doubled year-on-year.
Industry sales data VFACTS reports 9,680 electric vehicles sold in the first half of 2022 – of which 4,653 were Tesla Model 3 sedans, with two-thirds of those sold in March alone as supply began to run out of April.
Exclude Tesla – as no first-half 2021 sales figures are available, as it began reporting sales to VFACTS this year – and electric vehicle sales are up 127%, from 2,217 at the end of June 2021.
While electric vehicles (EVs) still only account for 1.8% of all new vehicles sold, only a few electric models have seen a drop in sales this year – and a wave of new EVs is imminent, to further boost sales .
Excluding brands that do not currently offer electric vehicles in Australia, including Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, GWM, Mitsubishi and Subaru, electric cars account for 4.0% of new vehicle sales.
The Tesla Model 3 sedan led the market, with 4,653 sales recorded so far this year, the majority of which (3,097 cars) reached customers in March alone.
However, as previously reported, Tesla sales slowed soon after, with just 236 vehicles reported as sold between April and June, due to COVID-19 lockdowns in China in March and April that halted production.
Deliveries are expected to resume in the coming months, following a record month of production at Tesla’s Shanghai factory in June – and the imminent arrival of the first of Australia’s highly anticipated Model Ys, the Model 3’s largest SUV counterpart. .
Australia’s second best-selling electric car in 2021, the MG ZS EV, is transitioning between old and new models, so reported sales have fallen from 711 in the first half of 2021 to 137 in the first half of 2022 (15th place overall).
Instead, behind the Tesla so far in 2022 is the Hyundai Kona Electric small SUV, which broke its own monthly sales records in January (90) and then March (133). Its sales have increased by 150% compared to the first half of last year (when an updated model was launched).
Kia is on track to sell the 500-600 EV6 vehicles allocated to Australia for this year – with 294 sales reported in the first half of 2022 – while the associated Hyundai Ioniq 5 recorded 321 sales.
However, as shown by Kia’s two-year waiting times – and Hyundai Australia’s decision to release only around 50-100 cars every one or two months, rather than leaving a waiting list lie – these sales figures are often more related to supply, rather than pure demand.
The country’s most expensive electric vehicle – the $158,100 to $351,000 Porsche Taycan – was the eighth best-selling electric car, with 307 sales recorded. That’s down from the 369 reported as sold this time in 2021, due to a rush of orders being filled soon after the car launched last February.
At the bottom of the pack – excluding discontinued vehicles – is the Jaguar I-Pace (10 sales), as well as the Mazda MX-30 (27).
Only four electric vehicles – excluding those out of stock or between models – posted sales declines in 2022 compared to the same period last year: Jaguar I-Pace (66%), Porsche Taycan (17%), Nissan Leaf (5.4%). percent) and Audi E-Tron (2.9 percent).
Where are the most electric cars sold?
State record data seen by Conduct indicates that more electric cars are sold in New South Wales than in any other Australian state or territory, accounting for around a third of all electric vehicle sales in Australia.
Victoria follows with around 27% of the national total, followed by Queensland (20%), Western Australia (8%), South Australia (5%), Australian Capital Territory (4%) , Tasmania (2%). ) and the Northern Territory (0.3 percent).
But as a share of all new cars sold in each state, ACT leads, with just over five percent of new motor vehicle sales in the territory so far this year being electric.
It is perhaps no coincidence that the ACT is the first Australian jurisdiction to announce a date to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles and switch to electric and hydrogen vehicles. Click here for more details on this announcement.
In Australia’s most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, electric vehicles account for around 1.9 and 1.8 percent of sales respectively.
Tasmania cites the second highest adoption of electric vehicles (by percentage), at 2.2%. Next come Queensland (1.7%), WA (1.5%), SA (1.3%) and NT (0.5%).
What new electric vehicles are coming soon?
Electric vehicle buyers will have more choices than ever before New Year’s Eve, with the arrival in August of the Tesla Model Y and BYD Atto 3 – the cheapest new electric vehicle on sale, if you live outside New South Wales, Victoria or Western Australia.
Local BYD importer EVDirect says more than 3,500 orders have been placed for the Atto 3, all said to be “comfortably delivered by the end of the year” – which would put the new model in second (or third, based on Model Y sales) on the Year-End Electric Vehicle Sales Chart.
Besides this pair, other electric cars arriving in Australia before the end of 2022 include: