While Tesla waits for its next big batch of cars, Volvo spin-off brand Polestar claimed another electric car sales gain last month.
The 2022 Polestar 2 remained Australia’s best-selling electric car (EV) in July, but a spate of Tesla sedans and SUVs due out within days could change roles starting this month.
The latest sales data from the VFACTS industry shows that the Polestar 2 – the first model from Volvo’s electric spin-off brand to be sold in Australia – remained Australia’s best-selling EV last month, as it did in June, with 94 cars sold. were reported as sold.
July was a slow month for electric vehicle sales – in relative terms – with 609 vehicles reported as sold, up from 515 in July 2021, but nearly half of the 1,137 vehicles sold in the penultimate month, in June 2022 .
However, that can be attributed to fluctuations in supply, rather than demand – with something like one shipment of cars less than usual being able to shuffle the order of the top five bestsellers, given the relatively low volumes in which electric cars are sold in Australia.
Another key factor behind the lower sales result is Tesla, which reported just four cars in July — down from 172 in June — as it awaited the arrival of its first major shipment of cars at the end of the month.
The first of these shipments arrived late last week (as reported yesterday), and the first cars are now on their way to showrooms – with the first customers signing up facebook delivery dates later this week.
The incoming ships will not only contain more Model 3 sedans, but also the first custom copies of its Model Y SUV sibling — just a few months after orders opened in mid-June.
While it’s unclear how many Teslas will arrive in Australia this month for delivery, the new vehicles will extend Tesla’s significant lead in the electric vehicle (EV) sales race, with the Model 3 already accounting for 45 percent of all EVs sold to date. . year.
That’s despite the fact that 95 percent of these cars were delivered before the end of March (4417 of 4657) and have only reached 240 customers’ homes since then. During the same period, Polestar reported 541 cars sold.
As mentioned, most electric car models saw lower sales in July than in June – although that is expected to be the result of fluctuating supply and vehicle shipments, rather than demand.
Some sales figures can be attributed to other factors; Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric sales fell to 17 cars (from 78 in June) as these were the last 2022 models to arrive, ahead of an updated 2023 model due this month.
Sales of Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans fell to a snail’s pace in July – just one of two total Kangoos sold – ahead of a new model early next year, while five Kia Niro Electrics were sold as the offering just launched. model of the second generation is currently skewed towards the cheaper hybrid variant.
However, none of these models can go higher than fourth in the sales standings. This story will be updated once these figures are received.