A big month of deliveries from Tesla, coinciding with the local launch of the Model Y SUV, has driven EVs to their second-best monthly market share to date, in August.
Electric vehicle (EV) sales totalled 4235 in August, 80 per cent of which wore a Tesla badge.
“Year-to-date EV sales are 2 per cent of the total market, hybrids are 7.6 per cent and plug-in hybrid vehicles are 0.6 per cent,” said FCAI chief executive Tony Weber.
“Combined electrified vehicles are now just over 10 per cent of total sales,” he said.
In August Tesla sold a total of 3397 vehicles, which equates to just over 80 per cent of the month’s EV sales. A total of 4235 EVs were sold during August.
Tesla was also the seventh best-selling brand overall for August, outselling brands such as MG (3074 sales), Subaru (2960 sales), and Isuzu Ute (2800 sales).
It was still a far cry away from Toyota, the top-selling brand for the month, which sold a total of 20,616 vehicles.
In August it sold a total of 2380 Model 3 sedans, making it the top-selling passenger vehicle for the month and the fourth top-selling vehicle overall.
Tesla also delivered 1017 examples of its newly-launched Model Y SUV during August.
Over the last few months Tesla has been experiencing production delays at its Chinese manufacturing plant.
The last time Tesla recorded a similar number of monthly sales was back in March 2022 when it recorded 4417 sales of its Model 3. The Model Y wasn’t on sale yet.