Electrical automobile gross sales in Australia have tripled in 2023

Gross sales of electrical automobiles (EVs) in Australia have greater than tripled over the primary 4 months of 2023 in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months.

Australians took supply of 23,926 pure EVs between January 1 and April 30, which is the same as 6.8 per cent total market share. On the identical level in 2022, EV gross sales and share had been 7618 models and a couple of.2 per cent respectively.

EVs have additionally overtaken hybrids (21,693 registrations YTD) because the favorite type of electrification in Australia up to now this 12 months – in some half right down to Toyota’s ongoing provide complications.

Gross sales of plug-in hybrids (PHEV) year-to-date sit at simply 2006 models, that means that common hybrid and PHEV gross sales mixed nonetheless fall in need of the working EV tally.

Gross sales by gasoline kind YTD:

  • Petrol: 181,955, up 2.5 per cent
  • Diesel: 106,341, down 9.1 per cent
  • Electrical: 23,926, up 214.1 per cent
  • Hybrid: 21,693, down 19.0 per cent
  • PHEV: 2006, up 19.7 per cent

April noticed three EV-only fashions within the total prime 20; being the Tesla Mannequin Y in fourth, Tesla Mannequin 3 in tenth, and BYD Atto 3 in fifteenth.

The a part of the market the place EVs are making the most important inroads is the ‘Medium Automobile over $60,000’ phase, which as soon as upon a time was dominated by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Collection.

In 2023, the phase’s top-seller is the Tesla Mannequin 3 (with a 63.6 per cent phase share). Add within the Polestar 2, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and BMW i4, and pure EVs personal 70 per cent of this phase.

In actual fact, the penetration of EVs in total passenger automobile gross sales in excessive, sitting at 16 per cent share this 12 months. In the meantime 6.9 per cent of SUVs offered this 12 months are pure electrical, and lightweight business EV gross sales are all-but-irrelevant.

EV gross sales by car kind:

  • Passenger: 10,479 gross sales, 16.0 per cent share
  • SUV: 13,409 gross sales, 6.9 per cent share
  • Gentle business: 38 gross sales, 0.05 per cent share

Whereas a market-share determine of 8.0 per cent is suggestive of exponential EV progress being across the nook, the stumbling block to this can be a lack of market provide.

It’s this that has satisfied the federal authorities to legislate a gasoline effectivity customary designed to punish automobile producers ought to their new car common CO2 emissions exceed an agreed, imposed restrict.

It now plans to spend the subsequent few weeks designing the requirements with stakeholders and plans to introduce a last plan to parliament by the tip of 2023.

From there, assuming the invoice passes each homes, the onus might be on Australia’s automobile manufacturers to ship extra low-emissions automobiles to Australian personal consumers and fleets – the latter sector particularly held again by restricted provide that undermines current fringe-benefits tax cuts.

Australia is certainly one of only a few international locations of comparable financial standing with out gasoline effectivity requirements, which punish automobile producers ought to their new car common CO2 emissions exceed an agreed, imposed restrict.


Whereas we shouldn’t have the total April gross sales breakdown for all EV fashions – since some such because the MG ZS and Volvo XC40 additionally provide non-EV choices which are bundled in VFACTS knowledge – we not too long ago ran a quarter-one EV wrap gross sales throughout January to March.

EV share by area, Q1 2023

  • New South Wales: 7.6 per cent market share
  • Queensland: 6.5 per cent market share
  • Victoria: 5.3 per cent market share
  • Western Australia: 5.5 per cent market share
  • Australian Capital Territory: 18.9 per cent market share
  • South Australia: 4.4 per cent market share
  • Tasmania: 6.5 per cent market share
  • Northern Territory: 2.0 per cent market share

Prime 10 EV fashions, Q1 2023

  1. Tesla Mannequin 3
  2. Tesla Mannequin Y
  3. BYD Atto 3
  4. MG ZS
  5. Volvo XC40
  6. Polestar 2
  7. Hyundai Ioniq 5
  8. BMW iX
  9. Hyundai Kona
  10. Volvo C40

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