Tesla Model Y is the 3rd best-selling vehicle in Australia, leading EV sales to 7.7% of the market

    The latest vehicle sales data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, VFACTS has revealed another record month for electric vehicles in Australia.

    Electric Vehicles now account for almost 8% of the new vehicles sold in the month of May, 2023. Sales of Battery Electric Vehicles were 7.7% of the market in May and are running at 7.0 per cent year to date. Sales for electrified vehicles (Battery Electric Vehicle, Plug-In Hybrid and Hybrid) made up 15.6 per cent of the market in May.

    “A large proportion of vehicles delivered this month would have been ordered during 2022,” he said. “Since then, we have seen a shift in economic conditions with a focus on rising cost pressures for households and businesses. Nevertheless, reports from our members indicate that demand remains firm.”

    FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber

    These strong EV sales were dominated by the Tesla Model Y with 3,178 units, now achieving the 3rd highest sales for any model in the country behind two utes. The Ford Ranger took second position with 4,110 sales and the Toyota Hi-lux landing top spot with 5,772 which will take some beating.

    This growth in sales from Tesla, has landed them the 8th spot in the manufacturer sales or the month of May.

    As expected, electric vehicles as a category, reached 8,124 units, outselling hybrid vehicles with 7,600 and even adding the PHEV category with 791 units. There were no Hyrdrogen vehicles sold in Australia in the month of May, down from a year ago when there was 1.

    Australian EV Leaderboard

    Leading the electric vehicle sales in Australia in May was Tesla, followed by everyone else. The Model Y had more than double the second place of the BYD Atto 3, and other cars touted as real rivals for Tesla, the Polestar 2 and Kia EV 6 sold just a couple hundred units.

    1. Tesla Model Y – 3,178 sales
    2. BYD Atto 3 – 1,448 sales
    3. Tesla Model 3 – 1,298 sales
    4. MG ZS EV – 276
    5. Volvo XC40 – 266 sales
    6. Polestar 2 – 226 sales
    7. Volvo C40 – 165 sales
    8. Mercedes Benz EQA – 124 sales
    9. Kia EV6 – 104 sales
    10. BMW iX – 86 sales

    Vehicle sales in general were up, with the best-ever May sales result of 105,694 new vehicle deliveries.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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