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Electric car sales Australia 2022, so far

Electric car sales Australia 2022, so far

Electric car sales have more than doubled compared to the first half of last year, although one in two cars sold remains a Tesla.


Nearly one in two electric cars sold in Australia by 2022 was a Tesla Model 3 — amid an electric vehicle market that has more than doubled year on year.

VFACTS industry sales data reports that 9,680 electric vehicles were sold in the first half of 2022 – 4653 of which were Tesla Model 3 sedans, two-thirds of them in March alone, as delivery issues begin from April.

Excluding Tesla — as there are no first half 2021 sales figures available as it began reporting sales to VFACTS this year — and electric vehicle sales are up 127 percent, from 2217 by the end of June 2021.



While electric vehicles (EVs) still make up just 1.8 percent of all new vehicle sales, only a handful of electric models have recorded a drop in sales this year — and a wave of new EVs is imminent to drive sales further.

Excluding the 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 percent of new vehicle sales.

Leading the market was the Tesla Model 3 sedan, with 4,653 sales so far this year, the majority of which (3,097 cars) in March alone.



However, as previously reported, Tesla sales slowed down soon after, with only 236 vehicles sold between April and June, due to COVID-19 lockdowns in China in March and April, bringing production to a standstill.

Deliveries are set to ramp up in the coming months, following a record month of production at Tesla’s Shanghai plant in June — and the imminent arrival of the first of Australia’s highly anticipated Model Ys, the Model 3’s larger SUV counterpart.

Australia’s second best-selling electric car in 2021, the MG ZS EV, is in the midst of a transition between old and new models, so reported sales fell from 711 in the first half of 2021 to 137 in the first half of 2022 (15th place overall).



Instead, Tesla will follow the Hyundai Kona Electric small SUV as far as 2022, which broke its own monthly sales records in January (90) and March (133). Sales are up 150 percent compared to the first half of last year (when a refreshed model was launched).

Kia is on track to sell the 500 to 600 EV6 vehicles allocated to Australia for this year – with 294 reported sales in the first half of 2022 – while the related Hyundai Ioniq recorded 5,321 sales.



However, as evidenced by Kia’s two-year wait times – and Hyundai Australia’s decision to release only about 50 to 100 cars every one or two months, rather than growing a waiting list – these sales figures often show more as the supply, rather than pure demand.

The country’s most expensive electric car — the $158,100 to $351,000 Porsche Taycan — was the eighth best-selling electric car, with 307 recorded sales. This is lower than the 369 sold this time around in 2021, due to a flood of orders fulfilled shortly after the car’s launch in February last year.

At the back of the pack – excluding vehicles that have been discontinued – is the Jaguar I-Pace (10 sales), as well as the Mazda MX-30 (27).



Only four electric vehicles – excluding those that were running out or in-between models – saw sales decline in 2022 compared to the same period last year: Jaguar I-Pace (66 percent), Porsche Taycan (17 percent), Nissan Leaf (5 .4 percent) and Audi E-Tron (2.9 percent).

Where are most electric cars sold?

State registration data seen by Motive indicates that New South Wales sells more electric cars than any other Australian state or territory, accounting for about a third of all electric vehicle sales in Australia.

Victoria follows with about 27 percent of the national total, with Queensland (20 percent), Western Australia (eight percent), South Australia (five percent), Australian Capital Territory (four percent), Tasmania (two percent). ), and the Northern Territory (0.3 percent).

But as a proportion of all new cars sold in every state, the ACT leads electric, with just over five percent of new motor vehicle sales in the area so far this year.

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 that announcement.



In Australia’s most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, electric vehicles account for approximately 1.9 and 1.8 percent of sales, respectively.

Tasmania cites the second highest uptake of electric vehicles (in percentage), at 2.2 percent. This is followed by Queensland (1.7 percent), WA (1.5 percent), SA (1.3 percent) and the NT (0.5 percent).

Which new electric vehicles are coming soon?

Electric vehicle buyers have more choice than ever on New Year’s Eve, with the arrival in August of the Tesla Model Y and the BYD Atto 3 – the cheapest new electric vehicle for sale if you live outside of New South Wales , Victoria or Western Australia.

BYD’s local importer, EVDirect, says more than 3,500 orders have been placed for the Atto 3, all of which “delivered comfortably by the end of the year” — putting the new model in second (or third, depending on sales of Model Y) on the market. EV sales chart towards the end of the year.

Aside from this few, there are other electric cars coming to Australia before the end of 2022:



Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributing journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from browsing car magazines as a young age to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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