Australia’s best-selling electric cars revealed

Electric vehicle (EV) sales recorded by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries were up a whopping 187.5 per cent over the first half of 2021.

According to VFACTS data released this week, pure EV sales over H1 of the calendar year were 2217 units, compared to just 771 over the same period in 2020.

In fact the half-year result eclipsed full-year EV sales from both 2020 (1769) and 2019 (1523), showing that battery powered vehicles are slowly finding their feet in this market – albeit at a slower rate than most other developed countries.

By contrast Australians have purchased 319,247 petrol vehicles, 187,147 diesel vehicles, 36,658 hybrid vehicles, and 1440 plug-in hybrid vehicles this year so far.

This isn’t the full story though. Tesla stubbornly refuses to disclose Australian sales data unlike every other major brand, meaning it’s a challenge to full report total EV sales. Its reasons are opaque.

However, we know the Tesla Model 3 is clearly the top-selling EV in the country, with reports suggesting about 4200 found homes over the first half of 2021. Big Model 3 shipments from China have been photographed at Australian docks.

Fortunately, we have been able to get our hands on exact sales figures for every other EV on sale.

The top-selling non-Tesla electric vehicle over the first half of 2021 was the MG ZS EV, with 711 sales to fleet customers and private buyers. This means that nearly 8.0 per cent of all MG ZS models sold were electric.

The fact that the top-selling non-Tesla EV is the cheapest on sale ($44,990 drive-away) shouldn’t surprise. What is surprising is the fact that number two is the most expensive: Porsche’s new Taycan.

Porsche has sold 369 Taycans this year. For context it has sold 229 units of the 911, 62 Boxster convertibles, and 85 Cayman coupes.

Next are the Nissan Leaf of 239 sales, Hyundai Kona Electric (227), Hyundai Ioniq Electric (134), Mercedes-Benz EQC (127), Mercedes-Benz EQA (88), Mini Electric (83), Kia Niro EV (72), Audi e-tron (69), BMW i3 (32), and the Renault Kangoo ZE and Jaguar I-Pace (29 each).

Model Sales YTD
MG ZS 711
Porsche Taycan 369
Nissan Leaf 239
Hyundai Kona 227
Hyundai Ioniq 134
Mercedes-Benz EQC 127
Mercedes-Benz EQA 88
Mini Electric 83
Kia Niro 72
Audi e-tron 69
BMW i3 32
Renault Kangoo ZE 29
Jaguar I-Pace 29
Mazda MX-30 7 (launched in July)

We can expect to see huge growth in 2022 however. Here’s a shortlist of some EVs coming to Australia soon.

  • Audi E-Tron GT: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • BMW iX3: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • BMW iX: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • BMW i4: Quarter 1 of 2022
  • BYD T3: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • BYD EA1: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • Genesis GV60: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • Genesis Electrified G80: Quarter 1 of 2022
  • Genesis Electrified GV70: During 2022
  • Hyundai Kona 39kWh: July 2021
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • Kia EV6: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • New-gen Kia Niro: During 2022
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • Mercedes-Benz EQA 350: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • Mercedes-Benz EQB: During 2022
  • Peugeot e-208: During 2022
  • Peugeot e-2008: During 2022
  • Peugeot Partner: During 2022
  • Polestar 2: Quarter 4 of 2021
  • Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo: Quarter 3 of 2021
  • Macan EV: Expected during 2022
  • Tesla Model Y: Early 2022
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge: Quarter 3 2021
  • Volvo C40 Recharge: Quarter 4 2022

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