As battery-technology advances and becomes more price-accessible to more buyers, the number of electric cars available here in Australia across a wide range of segments has also increased, giving buyers more options than ever before.
Let’s take a brief look at the 10 best-selling electric cars here in Australia last year to see which EVs are the most popular Down Under, and which are set to dominate the landscape in 2023.
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How Many Electric Cars were Sold in Australia in 2022?
To get the most accurate data possible, we’ll be using data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ December 2022 report, which maps out a cumulative sales total of the battery-electric vehicle segment here in Australia.
Using that dataset we can see that sales of electric vehicles increased by a massive 548% from the 2021 sales tally of 4,532 EVs, standing at 33,410 for the year ending 2022.
That’s a five-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles sold here in Australia in a twelve-month period.
Now that we’ve got some context, let’s first take a look at how that number stacks up against the wider mix of hybrid, petrol, diesel, and even hydrogen vehicles, then find out which electric car is the most popular in Australia.
Australian EV Sales Compared to Petrol and Diesel Vehicles
According to VFacts data from December, 2022, sales of electric vehicles totalled 33,410 vehicles, which includes the passenger, SUV and light commercial vehicle segments.
Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles stood at 5,937, while traditional hybrid vehicle sales totalled 81,786.
These figures were far outnumbered by petrol and diesel vehicles, though, which totalled 551,556 and 361,366 respectively in 2022.
Australian New Car Sales Powertrain Mix, 2022
Petrol - 551,556
Diesel - 361,366
Hybrid - 81,786
Electric - 33,410
Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) - 5,937
Hydrogen - 15
Now that we’ve got an idea of just how many electric cars were sold in Australia, compared to hybrid, petrol and diesel competitors, let's take a closer look at the segment and see which is the best-selling electric car.
What is the Best-Selling Electric Car in Australia?
According to the December VFacts report, in 2022, the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling electric car in Australia, followed by the Tesla Model Y, and the BYD Atto 3 rounding out the podium.
The top ten is made up of the Polestar 2, MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona, Volvo XC40, Hyundai IONIQ 5, Mercedes-Benz EQA, BMW iX3 and the Kia EV6.
Tesla Model 3 - 10,877
Tesla Model Y - 8,717
BYD Atto 3 - 2,113
Polestar 2 - 1,524
MG ZS EV - 1,119
Hyundai Kona Electric - 1,096
Volvo XC40 - 983
Hyundai IONIQ 5 - 756
Mercedes-Benz EQA - 624
BMW iX3 - 593
Kia EV6 - 564
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