Electrical automobiles and hybrids are actually choosing up steam in New Zealand, with 424 pure electrical automobiles, 150 plug-in hybrids and 855 hybrids bought this month. Let’s dive a bit deeper into which fashions are the largest sellers.

Beginning with pure electrics, it might not shock you to listen to that Tesla’s Mannequin 3 is severely in style. March alone noticed 270 items bought, 64 per cent of all battery electrical automobiles for the month, sufficient to make it the seventh hottest passenger automobile general. 12 months-to-date gross sales are 385 items.

Following the Tesla is MG’s electrical ZS, which is comprehensible because it’s simply the most cost effective new EV for the time being at $48,990 plus on-roads. MG bought 59 of them in March, making a year-to-date whole of 142.

Tesla’s Model 3 is hugely popular, responsible for 64 per cent of all electric vehicles sold in March.

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Tesla’s Mannequin 3 is massively in style, liable for 64 per cent of all electrical automobiles bought in March.

The third hottest EV is the Hyundai Kona Electrical, with 20 March gross sales and 82 YTD gross sales.

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Tesla and MG have handily eclipsed final yr’s figures – the Mannequin 3 was sitting at 153 items for the primary three months of 2021 whereas the MG ZS was at nought as a result of it launched round September 2020.

Hyundai is readying an update to its popular Kona Electric, due here in the first half of 2021.


Hyundai is readying an replace to its in style Kona Electrical, due right here within the first half of 2021.

The Kona is sitting across the similar because it was final yr however Hyundai is readying an replace to offer its electrical SUV a shot within the arm, due within the first half of this yr.

Shifting on to plug-in hybrids, this section is the smallest out of the three by fairly a margin. Not for a scarcity of choices both as NZTA figures present 18 totally different new fashions all promoting not less than one unit within the year-to-date, with an additional 9 on the record. This doesn’t keep in mind discontinued fashions both.

It’s bizarre as a result of we’ve at all times thought PHEVs provide the perfect of each worlds – electric-only driving for round 60km, loads for each day driving round city, and a frugal petrol engine so as to add a whole bunch extra kilometres to the full vary.

The Outlander PHEV is still the most popular plug-in hybrid and it’s also due for an update this year.


The Outlander PHEV continues to be the preferred plug-in hybrid and it’s additionally due for an replace this yr.

Anyway, Mitsubishi is the king of PHEVs, with the Outlander plug-in notching up 57 gross sales for March, greater than trebling that of the second greatest, the Kia Sorento PHEV that has actually solely simply gone on sale right here and already ticked up 16 gross sales.

The highest three PHEV record is rounded out by the BMW X3 xDrive30e with ten gross sales, the identical because the plug-in variations of the Peugeot 3008, Mini Countryman and new MG HS.

12 months-to-date gross sales are 324, in comparison with 259 final yr.

The electrified RAV4 is easily the most popular hybrid on the market. In fact, Toyota as a whole is the most popular hybrid manufacturer.


The electrified RAV4 is well the preferred hybrid in the marketplace. The truth is, Toyota as a complete is the preferred hybrid producer.

Hybrid automobiles are simply the preferred, with 855 items bought in March, and Toyota dominates the hybrid record. 5 of the highest six automobiles are Toyotas, with the hybrid Swift taking the ultimate prime 5 spot.

The electrified RAV4 is the preferred with 230 gross sales this month, adopted by the Corolla with 127, then the Yaris with 126, then the Yaris Cross with 82. The Suzuki Swift notches 63, simply forward of one other Toyota, the C-HR, with 61.

All however the C-HR are forward on 2020’s March and year-to-date hybrid gross sales as a complete are up by practically a thousand items on the identical interval final yr, with 2688 hybrid registrations versus 1713 at this stage in 2020.