It was a Swedish front row lockout for Australian electric car sales last month as Tesla’s production delays and delivery strategy saw sales plummet even further.
The 2022 Volvo XC40 Charging Pure Electric small SUV wash Australia’s best-selling electric car (EV) last monthclosely followed by its Polestar twin brother – as previous market leaders Tesla and MG grapple with inventory shortages in various forms.
The 174 electric XC40s sold last month set a record for Volvo’s debut electric car, thanks to increased offerings – and an order bank approaching the 2000 mark, mainly for the updated 2023 model expected from next month.
Since the car’s launch in September 2021, a total of 634 XC40 Recharge Pure Electrics have been delivered to customers, representing just over 20 percent of Volvo XC40 sales over the same period.
In second place on last month’s EV sales leaderboard is Volvo’s twin under the skin, the Polestar 2, of which 153 were sold last month – for a total of 361 vehicles since the car was launched locally in March.
Usual sales lead Tesla reported just 12 vehicles as sold last month, a combination of its sales strategy — usually delivering vehicles in large batches every three months — and factory delays that have put local Tesla shipments on hold until the second half of this year.
Some relief may be on the way for buyers in line, with Tesla shipping tracker VedaPrime reported that in recent days a ship has arrived that is said to be carrying 150 to 200 Tesla cars on Australian shores.
While most or all of the cars are scheduled for delivery to customers — rather than as demonstrators, as initially planned — it will not cover the 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles Tesla usually ships to customers at the end of each quarter (March, June, September). , Dec).
Meanwhile, last year’s best-selling non-Tesla electric car – the MG ZS EV small SUV – is currently in a model-swapping period as stock of the pre-update 2021 model dried up in February ahead of the launch of the updated 2022. model in August.
MG Australia amassed 455 pre-orders for the facelifted ZS EV between March and May (inclusive) – equivalent to four months of the 1,388 ZS EVs sold in 2021.
Wait times for a new Tesla will remain nine to 12 months, despite several plant closures in recent months, according to the brand’s website, while Polestar’s website lists a seven-month wait for delivery in January 2023.
Other electric car sales highlights in May include 52 Mini Cooper SE electric hatchbacks – likely a record, thanks to an improved offering – plus 49 BMW i4 sedans and 56 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUVs.
BMW Australia has not yet confirmed sales figures for the iX3 medium SUV – Motive has reached out to the company and will update this story once a number is obtained, but something in the neighborhood of 40 sales is expected.