We’re now a quarter of a way into 2024, providing the first major marker for this year’s new-car sales race.

    Record deliveries have grabbed the headlines, and the electric vehicle (EV) market continues to grow, now accounting for eight per cent of all new cars, SUVs, utes and vans sold in Australia.

    Despite subsidies being pulled in New South Wales and Victoria, the segment has grown by 46.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2023, with 25,468 EVs registered in Australia between January and March 2024.

    It should be no surprise that Tesla – the world’s EV leader – accounts for the lion’s share, with its Model Y SUV and facelifted Model 3 sedan combining for 12,789 sales, or a hair more than 50 per cent of all battery-powered vehicle sales locally.

    Sales of the Model Y have increased by 115 per cent above the first quarter of 2023, despite a ship understood to be carrying a large shipment of the best-selling EV being turned back to China earlier this year for quarantine.

    The BYD Atto 3 is still hanging on in third on 2220 sales, though the Chinese brand’s new Model 3-rivalling Seal sedan is closing the gap on 1573 deliveries, having surpassed the MG 4 hatchback which now holds the fifth spot.

    Despite being closely priced to the MG 4, the BYD Dolphin has about half the sales of its fellow Chinese rival with 688 examples delivered so far this year, only just ahead of the more expensive Kia EV6 (589 sales).

    The remaining top 10 spots are filled by the Hyundai Kona Electric (502 sales), the BMW iX1 (476 sales) and the Volvo XC40 Recharge (444 sales).

    Polestar – the quasi spinoff of Volvo – sits behind the XC40 Recharge with its mechanically related Polestar 2.

    The Polestar 2 is also close to being overtaken by the Toyota bZ4X, the Japanese car giant’s highly anticipated first EV which began its local rollout in February.

    The GWM Ora could rise up the charts from its current 16th position within the next quarter, after nationwide drive-away pricing announced this week made it the cheapest EV in Australia again, now starting from $35,990.

    In terms of how much the EV variants of certain models are helping its nameplate’s sales, the LDV eT60 ute remains a low contributor for the brand, with the five examples sold this year accounting for just 2.7 per cent of the dual-cab’s local deliveries.

    Other EVs which are niche variants of a wider model range include the Mini Cooper SE (3.1 per cent of Mini Cooper sales), the MG ZS EV (4.6 per cent of ZS sales) and the Ford E-Transit (5.5 per cent of Transit sales).

    ModelSales (Q1 2024)EV models’ share of model sales
    Tesla Model Y6835100 per cent
    Tesla Model 35954100 per cent
    BYD Atto 32220100 per cent
    BYD Seal1573100 per cent
    MG 41335100 per cent
    BYD Dolphin688100 per cent
    Kia EV6589100 per cent
    Hyundai Kona Electric50212.5 per cent
    BMW iX147644.9 per cent
    BMW i445761.1 per cent
    Volvo XC40 Recharge44447.7 per cent
    Polestar 2348100 per cent
    Toyota bZ4X311100 per cent
    MG ZS EV2954.6 per cent
    BMW iX329037.5 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV290100 per cent
    GWM Ora282100 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQA258100 per cent
    Hyundai Ioniq 5244100 per cent
    Kia Niro EV22254.5 per cent
    Ford Mustang Mach-E168100 per cent
    Kia EV9156100 per cent
    Cupra Born153100 per cent
    Subaru Solterra145100 per cent
    Volvo C40 Recharge135100 per cent
    Porsche Taycan126100 per cent
    BMW iX121100 per cent
    Hyundai Ioniq 696100 per cent
    Fiat 500e and Abarth 500e8456.8 per cent
    Renault Megane E-Tech81100 per cent
    Nissan Leaf78100 per cent
    Audi Q8 e-tron66100 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQB56100 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQC52100 per cent
    Lexus RZ450e49100 per cent
    Audi e-tron GT44100 per cent
    BMW i54224.1 per cent
    Peugeot e-20084054.8 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQE (sedan)36100 per cent
    BMW iX22919.3 per cent
    LDV eDeliver 728100 per cent
    Peugeot e-Partner2616.8 per cent
    Genesis GV6020100 per cent
    Lexus UX300e2040.8 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV19100 per cent
    Ford E-Transit155.5 per cent
    Mini Cooper SE153.1 per cent
    BMW i7857.1 per cent
    LDV eT6052.7 per cent
    Rolls-Royce Spectre5100 per cent
    Genesis GV70 Electrified41.8 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQV4100 per cent
    Jaguar I-Pace3100 per cent
    Mazda MX-303100 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz eVito342.8 per cent
    Renault Kangoo Z.E3100 per cent
    Mercedes-Benz EQS (liftback)2100 per cent
    Genesis G80 Electrified15.5 per cent

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    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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