EV sales data for 2021 are starting to trickle in this month – both locally and globally – reflecting drivers’ growing uptake of electric vehicles. Tesla, the world’s most valuable car manufacturer by market capitalization as well as the market leader in electric vehicle sales in several areas, announced in January that it had sold 936,000 electric vehicles in 2021, nearly double the number supplied in 2020.
Even in the face of economic and supply chain issues, it is showing no signs of slowing down, with its Shanghai facility having scaled up to full manufacturing and two more electric vehicles factories set to open in Berlin, Germany as well as Austin, Texas in 2022. According to the FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries), 5,149 EVs were sold in Australia in the year 2021, a threefold increase over 2020 – at least as per carmakers who share their data and relevant information with the industry organization.
Because Tesla does not submit its local sales numbers to the FCAI, The Driven’s EV sales reporting has been augmented by shipping data throughout 2021. Australia’s total EV sales, including Tesla, are expected to reach 15,000 in 2021, according to conservative forecasts. Between 10,000 to 12,000 Model 3s are expected to land in Australia in 2021, while some of those that landed in December might be in route and hence have not yet been officially signed up as a sale to a client. For example, the most recent ship to land in Australia in the year 2021 with Tesla automobiles on board landed on December 30.
In addition to Tesla, researchers can tell that the MG ZS EV, which is still officially Australia’s cheapest EV and costs less than $45,000 drive away, was the second most popular locally sold EV in the year 2021. The Porsche Taycan, that starts at $156,300 before on-roads, was closely followed by the Chinese manufacturer MG, which sold 1,354 ZS EVs. In 2021, there were 531 Taycans registered.
The Hyundai Kona EV is next on the list, with 505 units sold. With 338 units sold, the Hyundai Ioniq EV fastback, that starts at little under $55,000 driveaway, was a close second behind the luxury EQC electric SUV. In 2021, Mercedes-Benz was able to sell 360 of them, while 192 EQA compact SUVs were sold. Although the precise number of Mini Cooper EVs which were sold in 2021 has yet to be determined, our estimates put the figure at roughly 290, with Nissan selling 370 Leafs, Kia selling 217 e-Niros, and BMW selling 35 iXs.
Since its launch in September, Hyundai has delivered 172 Ioniq 5 models, and South Korean automaker claims to have additional inventory on hand. Figures for the Polestar, as well as the Kia EV6, which will be unveiled at Melbourne Tennis Open, are expected to be released in January.