As numerous states and territories pledge to section their authorities fleets throughout to fully-electric by the top of the last decade, and someway encourage half of all new gross sales to be fully-electric by then as nicely, Australia’s car gross sales at this time limit make for some fascinating studying.
If you happen to assume you are seeing SUVs in all places today, you are not imagining it. Australia purchased 574,000 SUVs in 2022 alone, and that determine represents 53.1 per cent of the yr’s new registrations for all gentle car sorts.
Additionally fascinating is 2022’s top-selling SUV in Australia – the RAV-4 (34,854 models) – solely ranked third as a nameplate, such is the very huge number of SUVs being provided.
The highest two massive sellers for particular person nameplates are the HiLux (64,391 models in 2022 when the 4×2 and 4×4 are mixed) and the Ford Ranger (47,479 models).
Additionally simply taking a look at nameplates, solely two automobiles broke into the highest 10 with the Corolla sixth (25,284) and the Hyundai i30 tenth (21,166).
Persevering with to make a mockery of the outdated win on Sunday, promote on Monday mantra, Toyota bought greater than 2.4 occasions as many autos as the following model, capturing over one fifth of the Aussie market (21.4 per cent) all by themselves. That is fascinating for a pair extra causes too. Firstly, Toyota has bought greater than 200,000 autos in Australia yearly for 18 of the final 19 years. 2022’s 231,050 models was additionally its greatest end in 14 years, and never all that far off their pre-GFC gross sales of 238,983 in 2008 and 236,647 in 2007.
The opposite fascinating factor about Toyota is, regardless of having provided extra respectable hybrids than anybody else, and for longer than anybody else, and proudly owning a giant chunk of Tesla which they’ve supported with drivetrain tech, Toyota nonetheless seems to be fairly proof against going fully-electric by itself autos. Even the TV advertisements for Toyota hybrids have tried to painting plugging in as an enormous trouble.
As for battery-electric car (BEV) gross sales in Australia, they have been up. The upbeat approach to say it’s they almost doubled in 2022 to achieve 33,416. The opposite approach to put it’s this nonetheless solely represents 3.1 per cent of the 1,081,429 new motor autos reported by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).
In equity although, that does not do the section justice from a requirement standpoint, as a result of gross sales (which for the FCAI’s knowledge solely depend as soon as the car is definitely delivered) have been held again by provide. Working example, simply taking a look at February 2023 the share of BEVs was 6.8 per cent of whole deliveries with 5,932 models. So at this level it does appear to be climbing as a lot as provide permits.
That is the issue although. Whereas there may be an in depth number of battery-electric autos obtainable to order, from little metropolis runabouts by household sedans and SUVs, in addition to supply vans and different commercials, the phrases obtainable to order, and obtainable to ship, have two very totally different meanings.
In 2022 Tesla fell wanting its – very low by automotive trade requirements – international goal for manufacture however nonetheless recorded a private greatest globally and in Australia. The Mannequin 3 topped the BEV section in Australia with 10,877 examples delivered in 2022, and the Mannequin Y slotted in an exceedingly snug second with 8717 models.
Regardless of solely being launched within the last quarter of 2022 the BYD Atto 3 slotted into third for the yr with 2113 models, so count on that to be a lot greater in 2023.
In the meantime the business sector nonetheless waits for a few of these gentle EVs. The 2022 knowledge reveals only one Ford e-Transit as a result of not less than two separate delays have pushed it again 9 months (to date), and LDV solely registered 5 examples of the eDeliver 9.
So, circling again to the states and territories introducing insurance policies and techniques that goal to dramatically improve the variety of EVs of their fleets and registered to be used on their roads, they’ll need to do much more than guarantee there’s loads of public charging infrastructure and pricing incentives for consumers. They will have to determine easy methods to assist deal with the difficulty of auto provide in an trade over which they’ve little to no affect today, aside from maybe the mining of considerably extra sources to make them which presents its personal conundrum from an environmental standpoint.