Electric vehicle uptake in Australia really started to take off in August, with Tesla leading the charge. New data from August Tesla deliveries reveals Queensland uptake jumping 209% compared to last year, as the Model Y was added to the Model 3 in desirable, and available, EV options.
The sharp rise included over 900 new Tesla deliveries in the month following on from a delivery freeze due to Covid-19 lockdowns at Tesla’s production facility back in the first half of this year.
What is also shown in the data is the entire first half of deliveries were nearly eclipsed by the August monthly deliveries in the sunshine state.
Another key insight includes the breakdown of the delivered models as Tesla no longer just delivers Australia’s best-selling EV from 2021. Tesla Model Y SUV also joined the Queensland delivery mix in August 2022.
Over 30% of Queensland delivered Teslas were a Model Y
The breakdown of the new delivery data also shows that 32% of the Teslas delivered in Queensland during August were the recently launched Tesla Model Y.
A total of 292 Tesla Model Ys were delivered to EV customers in Queensland during the month. That’s all within 3 months of Tesla’s Model Y orders opening back in June 2022.
The remaining were Tesla Model 3s which accounted for 628 new deliveries. Many of these Queensland owners have been waiting over 6 months for their sedan EVs to be delivered.
Some ordered as far back as December 2021 so they would be very relieved to have received their brand new EV and not have to pay for petrol any longer.
More affordable EVs also starting to join the tally
In the new data, another interesting trend that was noted was the first affordable EVs hitting the road. 5 new BYD Atto 3s were also spotted in the sunshine state with hundreds more to be delivered over the coming months.
Unlike the Tesla Model 3 & Model Y that had a huge spike in August, the BYD Atto 3 will be eligible for Queensland government rebates too which have a cap of $58,000. It’d be really interesting to monitor the uptake of EVs and the impact of subsidies and rebates in Queensland.
Either way, it’s great to see a sharp rise in EV uptake, driven largely by Tesla in August 2022. This trend is sure to continue as many more Queenslanders flick the switch to electrifying their wheels this year.
Riz is the founder of carloop based in Melbourne. He is a mechanical engineer who worked all around Australia building infrastructure for the first 7 years of his career before starting carloop. He has a passion for cars, particularly EVs and wants to help reduce transport emissions in Australia. He currently drives a red Tesla Model 3.