Electrical automobile gross sales doubled in Australia within the first quarter of 2021, signalling the rising curiosity of drivers in clear transport choices.
And now the numbers are in: two new gamers at both pricing extremity of the native EV market, plus in fact EV pioneer Tesla, are main the surge in EV gross sales.
At one finish is the MG ZS EV which sells for $40,990 earlier than on-road prices and is essentially the most inexpensive new electrical automobile on Australian roads. MG has confirmed with The Pushed that it bought 359 items from January to March, putting it second on the EV leaderboard within the first quarter of 2021.
To place that in context, in March 2020 second place was held by Hyundai, which had then bought 140 Kona Electrics and 116 all-electric Ioniqs mixed (the latter of which had shared its takings with its plug-in hybrid and hybrid stablemates however which attracted further drivers with smaller pockets).
At that stage, the Ioniq was one of many least expensive EVs in the marketplace, sharing that title with the Nissan Leaf (which bought 118 in Q1 2020) at just below $50,000. Hyundai has additionally now launched its 2021 refreshed Kona EV, so time will inform if that renews curiosity for these after a long-range electrical compact SUV.
On the different finish of the present market is the Porsche Taycan. Porsche bought 161 Taycan items in March and 225 within the first quarter based on Vfacts, a mind-boggling quantity when you think about the bottom mannequin begins from $191,000 earlier than on-road prices and it solely hit the street in late February.
That places it at quantity three on the leaderboard, though whether or not it would sustain that tempo might rely upon availability. Whereas a Porsche salesperson informed us clients ought to anticipate to attend till the final quarter of 2021 for brand spanking new orders, precise timings will rely upon colors, trim, choices chosen and if flooring inventory turns into obtainable on the market.
Primary – shock, shock – is Tesla. Though Tesla doesn’t report native gross sales numbers, a dependable supply tells us round 2,200 have been imported within the first quarter. We’ve attributed the vast majority of these to the Mannequin 3 though there could be a smattering of Mannequin S and Mannequin X gross sales in there additionally.
This implies Tesla gross sales are estimated to have doubled because the first quarter of 2020, and that together with the Taycan and ZS EV, EV gross sales have doubled throughout the board.
This in itself isn’t a surprise, given the surging curiosity in tales on this web site (greater than 1.3 million web page views in March alone), and in what’s considered the biggest deliberative engagement program (a device used to offer elected representatives with well-informed recommendation on complicated points, Bryce Gaton explains) carried out thus far on the EV transition.
It confirmed that the overwhelming majority of Victorians surveyed stated they need electrical automobiles and extra importantly, they need inside combustion engine automobiles banned by 2030.
The issue is that EVs are nonetheless unaffordable for almost all of Australians, not like abroad the place they’re actively supported by authorities insurance policies and subsidies. This has seen EV market share balloon as excessive as practically 70% in late 2020 auto gross sales in Norway, the place insurance policies have been in place for 3 many years.
The upshot of the Victorian survey is that authorities needs to be doing extra to encourage EVs, together with introducing emissions requirements, electrifying authorities fleets, rolling out extra charging infrastructure and introducing incentives as an alternative of taxing adopters of fresh know-how.
A doubling of gross sales is sweet. However with EV gross sales nonetheless sitting at simply 1% in Australia, there’s nonetheless rather more to be finished.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Pushed, sister website of Renew Economic system. She specialises in writing about new know-how and has been writing about electrical automobiles for 2 years. She has a eager curiosity within the function that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electrical Automobile Discussion board.