The five most popular electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia last year were all made in China.

    Sales of electric cars across Australia nearly doubled in 2022 to 33,410 vehicles, equal to about 3.0 per cent of the total new vehicle market.

    Factors like sky high fuel costs, a strong shift to BEVs from luxury brands, and the proliferation of state and federal rebates and tax benefits all helped. Ongoing shortages did not…

    While we’re expecting 2023 to be a much bigger year for BEVs, with a glut of more affordable offerings on the way, it’s time now to reflect on the year that was.

    So what were Australia’s top-selling BEVs?

    Tesla was dominant, grabbing a tick under 60 per cent market share with a combined 19,594 sales to finish 16th in market overall – ahead of Audi and Honda.

    The Model 3 (10,877 sales) broke the Toyota Camry’s decades-long run as Australia’s top-selling mid-size sedan, and tripled the sales of its closest ICE rival: the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

    The Model Y meanwhile found 8717 homes and was the market’s top-selling premium mid-sized SUV by some margin.

    Third was the impressive BYD Atto 3 which, despite only being delivered across November and December, grabbed third with 2113 sales.

    The Polestar 2 had a strong first full year with 1554 sales as it entrenched itself as the market’s main like-for-like rival to the Model 3.

    Below is an interactive treemap of all electrified vehicles (Battery EV, PHEV, Hybrid, FCEV etc) sold in Australia:

    Last year’s runner-up the MG ZS EV – which kept its razor sharp $44,990 drive-away price despite receiving a spate of upgrades this year – finished a touch further back at 1119 units, but still edged out the Hyundai Kona (1096).

    Next were the Volvo XC40 (983), Hyundai Ioniq 5 (756), Mercedes-Benz EQA (624), and BMW iX3 (593), thereby rounding out the top 10.

    Here’s the full list, comprising 40 EV models:

    Model2022 Sales
    Tesla Model 310,877
    Tesla Model Y8717
    BYD Atto 32113
    Polestar 21524
    MG ZS1119
    Hyundai Kona1096
    Volvo XC40983
    Hyundai Ioniq 5756
    Mercedes-Benz EQA624
    BMW X3593
    Hyundai Ioniq580
    Kia EV6564
    Volvo C40491
    BMW iX477
    Mini Hatch455
    Porsche Taycan430
    Kia Niro385
    Nissan Leaf331
    Mercedes-Benz EQC318
    BMW i4207
    Mercedes-Benz EQB141
    Audi e-tron SUV129
    Genesis GV60114
    Lexus UX82
    Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan70
    Mazda MX-3055
    Renault Kangoo49
    Genesis GV7044
    Jaguar I-Pace23
    Genesis G8016
    Audi e-tron GT13
    BMW i713
    Mercedes-Benz EQV10
    LDV Deliver 95
    BMW i33
    Mercedes-Benz Vito3
    LDV MIFA 92
    LDV T602
    Cupra Born1
    Ford Transit1
    Grand total33416

    Mike Costello
    Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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