EVs in Australia — Approaching 10% Penetration


Nice information: 9.5% of recent vehicles offered in Australia in April 2023 had been fitted with a plug. We’re near 10% penetration!

The expansion seems to primarily be in PHEVs. Which means all these Australians with photo voltaic on the roof can function their vehicles for zero {dollars}, saving cash, having enjoyable, and being form to the planet on the similar time. We needed to go to the Tesla showroom and repair heart this morning to get a brand new windscreen fitted — a rock hit it on the one-lane highway on our method again from Gayndah. We had been amazed at how busy they had been. Whereas we had been there, we thought we would have a check drive in a Mannequin Y — our subsequent deliberate buy — however they’re booked out until this afternoon. Busy, busy, busy!

One of many first Tesla Mannequin Y show automobiles in Australia. Picture by Majella Waterworth.

However let’s discover these Aussie market numbers. Whereas European figures appear to be caught in impartial, the Australian market is shopping for electrical automobiles at a better charge of knots. Quarter 1 2023 averaged round 8% penetration, and it seems just like the second quarter will attain over 10%. There are a number of new fashions being launched: the MG 4, the Cupra Born, the Ora Cat, and the Peugeot e-2008.

In accordance with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), out of the 82,137 automobiles delivered throughout April 2023, nearly 8,000 had been electrical — together with PHEVs and BEVs. The Australian automotive market elevated 1.3% over the identical interval in 2022.

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April auto numbers for Australia. Chart courtesy of Robert Nicol.

“Electrical automobiles (BEVs) accounted for 8 per cent of gross sales in April. That is nicely up from 1.1 per cent in contrast with April 2022 … this quantity would have been bigger had the business not confronted international provide challenges,” FCAI Chief Govt Tony Weber mentioned.

“It’s price noting that 5 out of the highest ten fashions offered in April supply some type of electrification.”

Within the general gross sales charts, the Tesla Mannequin Y got here in 4th behind the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, and Toyota RAV4. Extra Tesla Mannequin Ys had been offered than Hyundai i30s. The Tesla Mannequin 3 ranked second within the passenger sedan market, simply behind the i30. No surprise they had been busy.

Electrical automobiles delivered April 2023 (% of general market):

  • Tesla Mannequin Y: 2,095 (3.0%)
  • Tesla Mannequin 3: 1,581 (1.6%)
  • BYD Atto 3: 1,118 (1.5%)
  • MG ZS EV: ? Unknown at this level
  • Volvo C40 Recharge: 133 (0.15%)
  • Polestar 2: 122
  • Kia EV6: 118
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6: 89
  • BMW iX: 71
  • Mercedes EQA: 71

As a flashback, these types of charts remind me of the numbers revealed charting the EV takeup within the US a number of years in the past. It seems that Volvo has elevated its presence out there and pushed the Polestar just a little additional down the chart. BYD and MG are battling it out for third place behind Tesla. Later within the 12 months, as each manufacturers introduce extra inexpensive fashions — the MG 4 (launched at Totally Charged Sydney) and the BYD Dolphin (but to be launched) — I count on the competitors to warmth up much more. Nonetheless, neither model is able to problem Tesla’s vastly superior lead.

Why so many large utes? We’ve got a big technical and additional training faculty close to us that trains constructing, mechanical and carpentry apprentices. Their automotive park is filled with giant utes (mild vans) — Ford Rangers, Toyota Hiluxes, Mazda BT-50s, and so forth. I mentioned this with my tax accountant and it seems that the bigger utes get a a lot better tax break. An apprentice driving a big ute is ready to write off all of their car bills towards their tax. A smaller ute can solely write off enterprise use. So, the tax system is biased in the direction of the bigger, extra polluting automobiles — distorting the market. I’m instructed that New Zealand has now closed this loophole.

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Teslas, BYDs, and Konas on the Orange Competition. Picture by Majella Waterworth.

Two years in the past, electrical automobiles accounted for 0.8% of recent automotive gross sales in Australia. We’ve got come a good distance and are quickly accelerating. In Queensland, the state authorities has doubled the rebate for brand spanking new purchases of electrical vehicles from $3000 to $6000, and banks are providing inexperienced loans with decrease rates of interest for electrical automotive loans. On the house entrance, certainly one of my neighbors is anxiously awaiting the supply of her vibrant crimson Atto 3 secured on a novated lease with the backing of the federal authorities’s tax aid incentives.

Analysis by the Royal Car Membership of Queensland has proven that the brand new $6000 rebate could have a optimistic influence on EV costs. They count on that it might even deliver worth parity. A brand new Toyota Corolla Hybrid sells for AU$36,000. So, a BEV within the low AU$40,000’s with the state authorities rebate would obtain this.

RACQ cites the instance of the MG ZS Excite EV and its petrol counterpart: “the MG ZST Excite 1.3L would each value round $1,032 per thirty days to personal and function over a five-year mortgage. A Tesla Mannequin 3 could be cheaper than its closest petrol comparability, the Honda Accord Vti Turbo 1.5, costing $1,534 and $1,550 per thirty days respectively.”

The Membership’s Common Supervisor of Advocacy, Joshua Cooney, mentioned: “RACQ has made it very clear that we don’t need any Queenslander left behind because the world transitions to extra sustainable modes of transport, and a part of which means making electrical vehicles extra inexpensive.”

“We’re anticipating a speedy uptake in electrical vehicles within the coming years and governments should prioritise funding to develop our community of charging stations to make sure we will sustain with demand,” Mr Cooney mentioned. “It’s evident Australians and Queenslanders are hungry for sustainable vehicles and we must be doing as a lot as attainable to make EVs extra inexpensive and handy. The faster we will enhance the variety of cleaner automobiles on the new-car market, the quicker they are going to grow to be obtainable on the second-hand market, and that’s the place we are going to see the true enchancment on affordability and uptake.”

“In addition to making EVs cheaper, we additionally suppose there must be funding in better training to deliver Queenslanders alongside for the electrical transformation experience,” Mr Cooney added.

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Tesla time out with Rado. Picture by Majella Waterworth.

Toyota led the general auto market with 12,029 car gross sales (roughly two thirds of those had been HEVs), then in second was Mazda (6,926), then Kia (6,200), Hyundai (5,732), and Ford (5,047). Australia sources most of its vehicles from Japan, Thailand, and Korea. As you’ll count on, imports from China have elevated by nearly 70% in April.

I’ve registered my curiosity in check driving the Nice Wall Motors Ora Cat, and yesterday morning the gross sales rep rang and instructed me that the automobiles are within the nation. Administration is ready for all of the demonstrators to be delivered to all sellers earlier than permitting check drives — however it received’t be lengthy! Hopefully, subsequent week I can be behind the wheel of certainly one of these beauties, and you can be studying about it quickly after.

Viva la rEVolution!


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