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Tesla Model 3 dominates Australian electric vehicle sales for Q1, 2022

The Tesla Model 3 accounted for almost two-thirds of all electric car sales in Australia between January 1 and March 31, 2022.

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Scott Collie
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Tesla has officially starting reporting its sales figures in Australia.

The electric carmaker has sold 4417 examples of the Model 3 sedan to date in 2022 according to the latest VFACTS report, making it the best-selling electric car in Australia.

Its sales account for almost two-thirds (65.4 per cent) of all Australian electric vehicle sales so far in 2022. Despite no reported deliveries of the Model S, Model X, and Model Y, the Model 3’s strong quarter means Tesla is ahead of Honda (4089) on the sales charts.

It’s comfortably sitting ahead of Audi (2713) and Lexus (2088) in the luxury sales race, although it still trails BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The Model 3 is trailed by the Mercedes-Benz EQA (318 sales) and Hyundai Kona Electric (304) on the EV model sales charts.

Mercedes-Benz is leading the luxury electric sales race with 490 sales across its EQA (318) and EQC (172) model lines, trailed by Porsche and its electric Taycan (160).

Kia has now delivered 141 examples of the EV6 in 2022, and Hyundai has put 133 examples of the Ioniq 5 in the hands of customers. Combined, the 643 cars Hyundai sold between the Ioniq EV (206), Kona EV (304) and Ioniq 5 puts it ahead of Mercedes-Benz for EV sales.

BMW sold 216 electric cars across the new i4 (44), iX (84), and iX3 (86) model lines, as it prepares to ramp up its electric push in Australia.

Volvo is nipping at Hyundai and Kia’s heels with the XC40 Recharge, with 131 reported deliveries in Q1.

The long-running Nissan Leaf found 119 homes in the first quarter, narrowly ahead of the Polestar 2 (115). This is the first month of sales reporting for Polestar, which began delivering to Australian customers in March.

Both outsold the usually-popular MG ZS EV (111), which is being replaced with a new model later in 2022. Also being replaced later in the year is the Kia Niro EV (79).

Audi’s e-tron SUV found 33 homes in the first quarter of 2022, narrowly ahead of the Lexus UX300e (29), while the Jaguar I-Pace recorded five sales.

Mazda moved nine examples of the MX-30 EV, while the Renault Kangoo and BMW i3 S are still rolling… just.

ModelQ1 2022 sales
Tesla Model 34417
Mercedes-Benz EQA318
Hyundai Kona EV304
Hyundai Ioniq EV206
Mercedes-Benz EQC172
Porsche Taycan160
Kia EV6141
Hyundai Ioniq 5133
Volvo XC40 Recharge131
Nissan Leaf119
Polestar 2 115
MG ZS EV111
BMW iX386
BMW iX 84
Kia Niro EV79
Mini Electric 45
BMW i444
Audi e-tron33
Lexus UX300e29
Mazda MX-30 EV9
Renault Kangoo9
Jaguar I-Pace5
BMW i3 S2

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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