Australia’s best-selling electric cars so far in 2023

Australia’s best-selling electric cars so far in 2023
Australia’s best-selling electric cars so far in 2023

Sales of fully electric vehicles (EVs) have more than tripled in Australia across the first nine months of 2023, compared to the same period last year.

The latest sales data shows 65,743 electric cars have been registered between January 1 and September 30, up 202 per cent.

This equals a 7.3 per cent share of the total market, but more importantly nearly 10 per cent (9.9 per cent to be precise) of combined passenger car and SUV sales – the areas where there’s actual buyer choice.

Market-wide year-to-date (YTD) there have been 44,933 electric SUVs sold, alongside 20,670 electric passenger vehicles (non SUV), and a meagre 140 electric light commercial vans and pickups.

There are now 50 individual electric nameplates on sale from 24 different manufacturers, although as the list below demonstrates the market is utterly dominated by a smaller handful of players.

Keen to know what new EVs are on the way? Check out our Electric Vehicle Calendar here.

Tesla continues to be far and away the leader, with 37,997 sales. This means Elon’s company single-handedly accounted for 57.8 per cent of all EVs sold in Australia YTD.

The Tesla Model 3 sedan is the overall number two passenger car (regardless of fuel type) between the Hyundai i30 in first and Toyota Corolla in third, while the Model Y is the outright number-one SUV ahead of the MG ZS and Toyota RAV4.

BYD is running in second having sold 8706 Atto 3 SUVs, ahead of the MG ZS EV (2356 sales, about one-in-ten of all MG ZS models sold), Volvo XC40 Recharge (2275 sales, half of all XC40s sold), and Polestar 2 (1789).

This means the top-six electric cars on sale are all produced in China, which has established itself as the world-leader in the supply chain: from critical mineral phase, through to production and export.

Rounding out the top 10 are the Kia EV6 (1147 sales), Volvo C40 (970), newly launched MG 4 (941), and the Mercedes-Benz EQA (725). See the full list a little further down.

While Tesla, BYD, MG, and Volvo top the charts by brand, there are other manufacturers with larger line-ups, led by Mercedes-Benz with nine EVs including sedans, SUVs, and vans. BMW sells five electric models.

As we have become accustomed to, there are substantial differences in the rates of EV take-up in Australia depending on State or Territory, as the table below shows.

Almost one-in-five (18.6 per cent) of new vehicles sold in the ACT this year were an EV, whereas in the Northern Territory their share is 2.4 per cent.

NSW, Victoria and Queensland, the three biggest regions, all have EV market share in the seven to eight per cent region.

EV sales and share by region

RegionSalesEV share of salesACT261218.6%NSW22,0257.9%NT1922.4%QLD13,8867.2%SA30905.3%TAS10467.0%VIC16,9807.1%WA60636.5%

Top-selling EVs by brand YTD

Tesla: 37,997BYD: 8706MG: 3279Volvo: 3245Mercedes-Benz: 2064BMW: 1869Kia: 1868Hyundai: 1803Polestar: 1789Cupra: 594Nissan: 391Porsche: 375Audi: 369Mini: 355GWM: 283Genesis: 233Lexus: 226LDV: 104Fiat: 81Peugeot: 74Ford: 54Jaguar: 24Renault: 14Mazda: 12

Top-selling EVs by model YTD

Tesla Model Y: 23,457Tesla Model 3: 14,540BYD Atto 3: 8706MG ZS EV: 2356Volvo XC40 Recharge: 2275Polestar 2: 1789Kia EV6: 1147Volvo C40: 970MG 4: 941Mercedes-Benz EQA: 725Kia Niro: 721Hyundai Ioniq 5: 707Hyundai Kona EV: 679BMW iX: 661BMW iX3: 597Cupra Born: 594Mercedes-Benz EQB: 578Hyundai Ioniq 6: 417BMW iX1: 391Nissan Leaf: 391Porsche Taycan: 375Mini Electric: 355Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan: 352GWM Ora: 283Audi e-tron GT: 260Mercedes-Benz EQC: 231BMW i4: 169Lexus RZ: 168Genesis GV60: 161Audi e-tron: 109Fiat 500e: 81Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: 67Genesis GV70 Electrified: 66LDV eT60: 64Lexus UX300e: 58Ford E-Transit: 54BMW i7: 51Mercedes-Benz eVito: 42Peugeot e-2008: 39Peugeot e-Partner: 35Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan: 34LDV eDeliver 9: 30Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: 27Jaguar I-Pace: 24Renault Kangoo ZE: 13Mazda MX-30: 12LDV MIFA 9: 10Mercedes-Benz EQV: 8Genesis G80 Electrified: 6Renault Megane E-Tech: 1

Keen to know what new EVs are on the way? Check out our Electric Vehicle Calendar here.

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