MG, Volvo and BMW Surge to Top of Australian EV Sales Charts in 2023’s First Half

MG VOLVO BMW Top of Australian EV Sales half 2023

Australia’s electric vehicle market has experienced significant growth in the first half of 2023, with electric car sales breaking records. Notably, nearly 90 per cent of electric vehicles sold in Australia during this period were manufactured in China. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the new-car industry body, reported a total of 43,092 electric vehicles sold in the first half of the year, marking a substantial increase of 345 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.

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Battery electric vehicles accounted for 8.8% of June sales

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounted for 8.8% of June sales and for 7.4% of new vehicle sales in the first half of 2023. A significant rise from the 1.8 per cent reported during the same period last year and 7.7% of the BEV market in May. Among the electric vehicles sold, approximately 60 per cent were Teslas, making the American electric car manufacturer the dominant player in the Australian market. Tesla has already surpassed its full-year 2022 delivery record in the first half of 2023. In comparison to the second half of 2022, Tesla sales have seen a 71 per cent increase so far this year.

Top electric vehicle sales in Australia in 2023’s first half

  1. Tesla Model Y – 14,002 sales
  2. Tesla Model 3 – 11,575 sales
  3. BYD Atto 3 – 6,196 sales
  4. MG ZS EV1,787 sales
  5. Volvo XC40 Recharge – 1,596 sales
  6. Polestar 2 – 1,147 sales
  7. Volvo C40685 sales
  8. Kia EV6 – 535 sales
  9. BMW iX – 517 sales
  10. Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 448 sales

Tesla Model Y as the best selling EV in Australia for the first half of 2023

The Tesla Model Y SUV emerged as the best-selling electric vehicle in Australia during the first half of 2023, with 14,002 units delivered. It surpassed the Tesla Model 3 sedan, which held the lead until last month, with 11,575 deliveries reported. The record-breaking month for Tesla included 5,560 Model Y deliveries, contributing to a total of 7,018 sales, a remarkable achievement for the company. 

Outside of Tesla, the best-selling non-Tesla electric vehicle in Australia during this period was the BYD Atto 3 small SUV from China, with 6,196 units sold. This figure was more than three times the sales of its closest competitor, the MG ZS EV small SUV, which reported 1,787 deliveries. 

Rounding out the top ten best-selling electric vehicles in Australia were the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric (1,596 sales), Polestar 2 (1,147), Volvo C40 (685), Kia EV6 (535), BMW iX (517), and Hyundai Ioniq 5 (448).

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Volvo C40 Recharge Interior

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Quotes attributable to the Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI):

Tony Weber, the Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), expressed his optimism about the continuous growth in electric vehicle sales, especially given the ongoing challenges related to vehicle supply.

“The early adopters of the new powertrain technology continue to push up the sales of electric vehicles across the country,” Mr Weber said.

“The steady introduction of new battery electric models across all model segments at more competitive price points is critically important as we deal with the challenges of supplying electric vehicles that meet business and personal consumer needs at prices the mainstream buyers can afford.”


Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) News and Drive

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EV sales reflect the increasing awareness and adoption of sustainable transportation among consumers

The first half of 2023 saw a significant surge in electric vehicle sales in Australia. This rise in electric vehicle sales reflects the increasing awareness and adoption of sustainable transportation options among consumers. Several factors have contributed to this growth, including the availability of a wider range of electric vehicle models, improved charging infrastructure, and EV government incentives to promote electric vehicle adoption.

Looking ahead, the electric vehicle market in Australia is poised for further expansion. The commitment of governments, both at the federal and state levels, to reduce emissions and transition to cleaner transportation will likely result in more favourable policies and incentives. As technology continues to improve and prices become more competitive, electric vehicles are likely to become even more mainstream, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future for Australia’s transportation sector.

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