Electric vehicles strengthen foothold in Australian market

Tesla has secured not one, but two spots in the top ten best selling vehicles on the Australian market in April, with both joined by the MG ZS, a vehicle which includes a fully electric SUV in its line-up.

Accounting for 8 per cent of new car sales last move, EVs have become a real growth sector. Add hybrids to that statistic, and over the last 12 months, the space has grown to to an enormous 15.4 per cent.

It’s worth noting that five out of the top ten models for April offer some form of electrification. For the record, that list includes the Ford Ranger at number one, ahead of Toyota’s HiLux and RAV4, the Tesla Model Y, and Hyundai i30.

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You’ll also find the Mitsubishi Outlander, Isuzu D-MAX, Hyundai Tucson, MG ZS and Tesla Model 3 on there too. Toyota continues to outsell its rivals in the brand stakes though, holding out Mazda, Kia, Ford and Hyundai.

In at number six is Mitsubishi, head of MG, Tesla, Subaru and Isuzu. Overall, the Australian automotive industry delivered 82,137 Vehicles during the month of April. That’s an increase of 1.3 per cent over this time last year.

Interestingly, vehicles sourced from China have increased 68.5 per cent in the last 12 months, while Japan remains the largest supplier of cars, utes and SUVs to our local market, with Thailand followed closely behind.

Across the nation, sales are up in most markets too, with a 5.2 per cent increase in WA, 5 per cent in the ACT, 4.4 per cent in Queensland, 4.2 per cent in Victoria. NSW is down 1.5 per cent, likely thanks to stock supply issues.

Joining them in the downward turn is the NT, dropping 10.3 per cent, and Tasmania, down 13.3 per cent. All-in-all, there’s little doubt that EVs and hybrids are having a major impact on the local market.

The sector’s market share continues to grow and would have actually been higher if it weren’t for ongoing supply issues. Let us know in the comments what you think about the growing presence of EVs and hybrids on our roads.

Dylan Swan
Dylan Swan
IT specialist who loves all things adventure and anything with wheels. Someone who loves a challenge and saying yes to new opportunities.


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