Electric vehicle sales are booming in Australia, led by Tesla and its Model 3 sedan. Here’s the month-by-month breakdown of how the market is performing so far this year.
Electric car sales are up in Australia, with 7,618 units reported sold in the first four months of this year – an increase of more than 200 percent from the same period last year.
That percentage does not include former market leader Tesla, which only began reporting its sales data in March this year — compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
While the VFACTS reports include data for specialty electric cars sold as standalone models — such as the Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Nissan Leaf — it doesn’t include numbers for electric versions of gasoline cars, making a definitive list of the top-selling EVs. hard to collect every month.
But with manufacturer data, To ride has compiled a monthly guide to Australia’s best-selling electric cars so far in 2022, model by model. This story will be updated throughout the year with new monthly data as it becomes available.
The Tesla Model 3 continues to lead the way in EV sales, after strong performance in the first three months of the year.
Sales fell to just 52 cars in April — although this isn’t unexpected, as Tesla ships its vehicles in batches towards the end of each quarter of the year (March, June, September and December).
The ‘best of the rest’ is the Hyundai Kona Electric (394 sales) – which had its best sales month ever in March – followed by the Mercedes-Benz EQA (383) and Hyundai Ioniq Electric (282).
Manufacturer figures report 253 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric SUVs sold so far this year — and despite a $76,990 price tag and limited supply, it topped the overall electric car sales charts in April, with 122 vehicles sold.
The previous best-selling non-Tesla electric car, the MG ZS EV, has lost its place in the sales rankings after stocks of the current model dried up in late February, pending a facelifted version from July this year.
MG Australia would not provide month-to-month figures for ZS EV deliveries – therefore the sales figure in the table above has been estimated based on the 111 confirmed ZS EV sales in the first three months of the year, and that stock of models before the facelift dried up at the end of February.
According to a spokesperson for MG Australia, the brand received 77 ZS EV orders in January, 47 in February, 193 in March and 129 in April, but all of these are unrelated to customer deliveries.
At the bottom of the list is the BMW i3 – the last of which was sold in April – under the Jaguar I-Pace, Renault Kangoo ZE van (also in run-out) and Mazda MX-30 Electric.
Since there are no exact numbers for these months, January and February sales of the Tesla Model 3 were calculated based on the combined total for these months.
Mazda MX-30 Electric sales are estimated based on the nine cars sold from January to March. Mazda Australia told Drive that fewer than 20 units have been sold so far this year.