Tesla Model 3 and SUVs are the best selling electric cars in 2022 so far

Tesla Model 3 and SUVs are the best selling electric cars in 2022 so far

The Tesla Model 3 and a number of electric SUVs are proving to be the best choices so far for drivers going electric in 2022.

Electric vehicle sales in Australia are soaring despite a global landscape tarnished by supply chain and logistics problems, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

As we reported on Friday, new figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that Volvo and its all-electric offshoot Polestar claimed the top-selling spots in the month of May, largely because Tesla has virtually stopped supplying cars. Australia in recent months.

The latest charts from The Driven, based on this data and compared to 2021, give us insight into the changing market. (See chart at end of story).

In Tesla terms, May 2022 is also a long way from May 2021. Last year around this time, a real “Tesla army” was poised to arrive on the coast of Australia as the California automaker secured record orders for the quarter and even tried popular ones. Toyota to sell mainstays.

That month, an estimated 1,500 Model 3s arrived by ship from China, resulting in a viral video to the tune of “The Imperial March” from Star Wars.

In 2022, Tesla faced significant problems as it had to shut down in Shanghai. Despite this, the Model 3 will remain the best-selling electric car in Australia in 2022.

To date, in May, Tesla has delivered 4,481 cars to customers — nearly ten times the number of the next three electric models. But only 12 arrived in May, and not many more in April.

Note that we’ve added pre-sales data provided by MG, which plans to start shipping its redesigned ZS EV compact SUV from next month. A spokesperson for MG tells The Driven that the Chinese brand pre-sold 192 in March, 129 in April and 134 in May. We are clarifying whether the brand reported these as sales to Vfacts.

The 2022 MG ZS EV
The 2022 MG ZS EV gets a facelift and a new variant.

This would theoretically put it in the second top EV so far in 2022, with the caveat that it has yet to get them into the country.

Leaving MG aside, though, it’s still the Hyundai Kona Electric that continues to prove to be the next popular choice for drivers going electric.

Undoubtedly, the compact SUV-style body combined with a significant driving range of 484 km, or a new option with a shorter range of 305 km, have been decisive factors. Hyundai says it has sold 472 of these front-wheel drive electric SUVs.

The Highlander Kona Electric.  Source: HyundaiThe Highlander Kona Electric.  Source: Hyundai
The Highlander Kona Electric. Source: Hyundai

Next up is the EQA electric SUV, which Mercedes-Benz says has sold 415. Starting at $76,800, it’s at the more affordable end of the premium electric range on the market. It will likely get an extra boost in the coming months when the EQA 350 arrives, adding a dual engine option to the fray.

The EQA electric compact SUV.  Source: DaimlerThe EQA electric compact SUV.  Source: Daimler
The EQA electric compact SUV. Source: Daimler

Whether Volvo and Polestar will be able to move forward with their month-leading sales over the course of the year remains to be seen. Volvo has had to cancel numerous orders while Polestar is delaying delivery of the Polestar 2, but has delivered 361 and 342 units respectively so far.

Also noteworthy is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which will stagnate now that the South Korean brand has discontinued the snappy fastback.

Another noteworthy insight is that the Taycan – the market leader around this time last year – has sold just 260 units so far in 2022.

With a cheaper rear-wheel drive option now on the market, it will be interesting to see if drivers looking for a premium electric sport option under $200,000 will take advantage of it rather than wait for it. increasingly non-existent Model S, which Tesla hasn’t supplied since early 2021.

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Bridie Schmidt is associate editor for The Driven, sister site of Renew economy† She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and is very interested in the role zero-emission transport can play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it for rent at