Electric car specialist Tesla has released its best monthly ‘sales’ result in Australia – after record vehicle deliveries arrived last month.
American electric car manufacturer You’re here was Australia’s seventh best-selling new car maker last month – overtaking Subaru, Volkswagen, Isuzu and other established brands – after several large shipments ended months of stock shortages.
VFACTS industry sales data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries lists 3,397 Tesla vehicles delivered to customers last month, placing them seventh in sales behind Ford.
The ranking and sales tally are Tesla’s best results since it began reporting local data (referring to deliveries, not orders taken) to the FCAI since March this year.
If Tesla continues to sell cars at its current pace, it’s on course to beat its annual sales record set last year, when 12,094 vehicles were reported sold.
Since the start of this year, Tesla has reported 8,054 vehicles delivered, ranking 18th in the year-to-date tally behind Audi and Honda.
Behind the record result is the arrival of seven shipments of new Tesla cars from the brand’s factory in China between late July and late August – including the Model 3 sedan and the first customer examples of the Model Y SUV.
Tesla’s previous record for new vehicle arrivals was four deliveries in the space of three months. In the two weeks between late July and August 13, five shipments docked at Australian ports.
The Model 3 sedan was the top seller, with 2,380 units reported delivered – the second-best monthly sales result for an electric car ever, behind the 3,097 Model 3s sold in March, and enough to make it the best-selling passenger car in Australia. last month.
Only two other passenger cars made the Top 10, the Toyota Corolla (2115) and Hyundai i30 (1975) sedans.
Meanwhile, 1,017 Model Y SUVs have reached buyers – enough to become the country’s best-selling luxury SUV, with deliveries more than double the second-placed BMW X3.
The increase in deliveries was fueled by upgrades to Tesla’s Shanghai factory in July, which reports are now capable of building up to 14,000 Model Ys and 7,700 Model 3s per week for the global markets.
This represents a turnaround from the previous five months, when COVID-19 lockdowns halted Tesla production in China until March and April – and only 240 cars were reported as Tesla delivered in Australia between April and July. 2022.
Tesla’s best result in monthly VFACTS reports to date came in March, when 3,097 vehicles reportedly reached customers.
EV sales in August totaled 4,235, with 80% Teslas and 56% Model 3s alone.
So far in 2022, 14,524 electric vehicles have been reported as sold, a 368% increase from last year. Excluding Tesla – which did not report monthly sales figures last year – the sales increase is 109%.
The 2,380 reported sales of the Model 3 in August add to the 4,657 delivered since the start of the year – for a total of 7,037.
The Tesla Model 3’s closest electric car competitor is the Polestar 2, albeit with “only” 38 reported sales year-to-date.
It remains to be seen whether Tesla can continue the momentum in September – although social media posts suggest many more customers are still set to take delivery this month.
As deliveries have accelerated, wait times remain on new Tesla vehicles, with the company’s website indicating that Model 3 and Model Y orders placed today should lead to delivery between February and May. 2023.