A big month of August deliveries from Tesla, coinciding with the local launch of the Model Y SUV, drove monthly BEV market share to what is being described as an all-time high for Australia.
Electric vehicle (EV) sales totalled 4235 in August, 80 per cent of which wore a Tesla badge.
This overall EV tally is equivalent to 4.4 per cent of the total market. While the figure for March 2022 was 5.5 per cent, that in fact included three months’ worth of Tesla sales.
“EV sales were 4.4 per cent of the total market. This is the highest market share for pure battery electric vehicles ever recorded in a single month in Australia,” said FCAI chief executive Tony Weber.
“Year-to-date EV sales are 2 per cent of the total market, hybrids are 7.6 per cent and plug-in hybrid vehicles are 0.6 per cent.
“Combined electrified vehicles are now just over 10 per cent of total sales,” he added.
Tesla was also the seventh best-selling brand overall for August, outselling brands such as MG (3074 sales), Subaru (2960 sales), and Isuzu Ute (2800 sales).
It was still a far cry away from Toyota, the top-selling brand for the month, which sold a total of 20,616 vehicles.
In August it sold a total of 2380 Model 3 sedans, making it the top-selling passenger vehicle for the month and the fourth top-selling vehicle overall.
Tesla also delivered 1017 examples of its newly-launched Model Y SUV during August.
Over the last few months Tesla has been experiencing production delays at its Chinese manufacturing plant.
The last time Tesla recorded a similar number of monthly sales was back in March 2022 when it recorded 4417 sales of its Model 3. The Model Y wasn’t on sale yet.