Tesla Dominates January EV Deliveries in Australia


Giant numbers of Tesla Mannequin 3 electrical automobiles had been delivered in January 2023 in Australia, making it the best-selling sedan in Australia and the third best-selling car within the nation behind the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux!

January could also be an anomaly, as 4600 Tesla Mannequin 3s had been held up on the ports as a result of logistical points. A few of these are nonetheless being delivered.

Tesla deliveries delayed by logistics points. Utilized by permission.

Then again, solely 386 Mannequin Ys had been delivered in January.

“Tesla positioned sixteenth outright on the Australian new-car gross sales charts — up from nineteenth in 2021 — beating established marques equivalent to Audi, Honda, Volvo and Renault,” Drive writes.

“The file outcome comes after Tesla ramped up manufacturing at its Shanghai manufacturing unit — which builds automobiles for Australia — within the second half of the yr, following slowdowns as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns in China in early to mid 2022.”

February numbers ought to be extra of an indicator as to what Tesla can ship in a “regular” month. In accordance with Veda Prime, the Mannequin Y Efficiency will likely be coming to all states directly throughout February. There are lots of ships on the best way. He tells me that Tesla Shanghai started constructing Australian and New Zealand orders on January 17th.  These ought to be properly and really delivered by the top of the primary quarter.

And the BYD Atto 3 is turning into the college mum’s pickup wagon. I’ve noticed two in class carparks this previous week as I’ve picked up my grandchildren from college.

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BYDs have develop into the EV of alternative for college pickups. Picture courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

Tesla bought virtually 3000 Mannequin 3s in January, in line with the Federated Chamber of Automotive Industries. EVs accounted for practically 20% of all new passenger car gross sales. Ford bought virtually 5000 Ranger utes and Toyota bought over 4000 Hello-Lux utes.

It’s unhappy that on this period of larger local weather disaster consciousness that fossil fuelled automobiles are nonetheless high of the charts. However electrical utes are coming and we may even see a giant change within the subsequent 12 months. Some predict EVs to hit 10% penetration by the top of the yr. The 4th quarter of 2022 was shut, at 8%.

“Australia’s automotive trade delivered 84,873 autos in the course of the first month of 2023, which represents a 11.9 per cent improve on the identical interval in 2022.”

“This information is the perfect January outcome since 2018 and reveals that the trade is constant to get better following years of provide chain disruption and delay,” FCAI Chief Govt Tony Weber mentioned.

Toyota nonetheless leads the sector in passenger car gross sales, for now. Many within the EV neighborhood celebrated the truth that Tesla’s Mannequin 3 outsold the Toyota Camry. BYD bought 267 Atto 3s. Sadly, MG doesn’t give out figures for its MG ZS EV variant, however over the previous 4 months, BYD and MG have been battling it out for second place within the EV adoption race. This can be a race that may get much more heated in 2023 as MG brings out the MG4 and BYD introduces the Dolphin and the Seal to a thirsty Australian market.

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BYD Atto 3 amongst the SUVs at college pickup. Picture courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

The Polestar 2 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge scored in three figures. The “others” class was made up of the BMW iX, Hyundai Kona EV, Kia EV6, Nissan LEAF, and Hyundai Ioniq 5 — for a complete of virtually 300 automobiles. All of those are worthy autos — the issue, particularly for Kia and Hyundai, is lack of provide. A small “drop” of Ioniq 5s will promote out in lower than half-hour. One of many causes Tesla dominates is that it’s supplying massive numbers of autos.

The penetration of EVs into the Australian new car market now sits at roughly 6%. That is virtually triple January 2022’s determine. Tesla accounted for 2 thirds of those gross sales. In an indication that the time of EVs is upon us, Rupert Murdoch’s flagship newspaper, The Weekend Australian, revealed a 14-page insert immediately lauding EVs as the best way of the long run. It was clearly paid for by the lavish commercials from Audi (a number of full pages) and it managed to keep away from mentioning Tesla. However it’s nonetheless an enormous step ahead for conservative media, which has spent the final ten years spreading FUD.

Six p.c has been recognized because the inflection level, the place the S curve of adoption heads for the vertical. Though Tesla has accomplished the heavy lifting, similar to mature markets in Europe, many extra makes and fashions are getting into the Australian market, and that may be a good factor — fixing the difficulty of alternative and model loyalty.

In addition to the BYDs talked about above, Volkswagen Group intends to launch the ID.3 and Cupra Born in 2023. It already has 2,000 pre-orders for the Cupra Born. Nice Wall’s subsidiary Ora has introduced that it’ll launch the Cat sequence in Australia as properly. In the meantime, LDV is touring the jap states with its first electrical ute. It’s all occurring. If my readers are conscious of different autos anticipated to reach Down Underneath, I might be blissful to be suggested.


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