The Swedish automakers Volvo and Polestar alongside the South Korean Hyundai led the electric vehicles sales in Australia during May 2022. Volvo XC40 model was the best-seller in the country with 174 units, followed by Polestar 2 with 153.
Managing Director at Volvo Cars Australia Stephen Connor commented, “May was another outstanding month for Volvo which continues to consistently out-perform its competitors in the luxury segment. Achieving our biggest sales months on record was an impressive feat when you consider the overall Australian car market declined by 6.4 per cent, and the premium segment declined by 14.4 per cent”.
“Volvo is recording double-digit year-on-year growth which reinforces Volvo’s standing as one of the fastest growing and respected luxury car brands in Australia. The future of Volvo Cars is electric, and I plan to make Australia lead our global strategy by being ahead of our global stated goal,” he added.
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The top-5 is filled with three Hyundai models: Kona with 78 units, Ioniq 5 with 56 and 53 of the Ioniq. In Australia, Ioniq 5 model starts with the single-motor at $71,900 AUD and the dual-motor version at $75,900 AUD before on-roads.
Both versions feature a lithium-ion battery pack up to 72.6kWh, with the single-motor variant producing 160kW of power and 350Nm of torque and the dual-motor all-wheel drive variant producing 225kW and 605Nm.
|1. Volvo XC40 Recharge||174|
|2. Polestar 2||153|
|3. Hyundai Kona||78|
|4. Hyundai Ioniq 5||56|
|5. Hyundai Ioniq||53|
|6. Mini Cooper SE||52|
|7. BMW i4||49|
|8. Nissan Leaf||46|
|9. Porsche Taycan||42|
|10. Kia EV6||40|
|11. BMW iX||36|
|12. Mercedes-Benz EQA||32|
|13. Mercedes-Benz EQC||16|
|14. Kia Niro EV||15|
KIA had its two electric models in the top-15 with EV6 ranking 10th and Niro model 14th. The entry-level EV6 Air opened in Australia at $67,990 AUD while the GT-Line swells to $74,990.
In May, Australian new car sales dropped by 6.4 percent year-over-year, while the sales of electric vehicles raised 180 percent to 415 units.
Earlier this week, Polestar unveiled on Tuesday the first image of the upcoming Polestar 3 that will debut in October 2022. Polestar 3 will feature a dual-motor drivetrain and a large battery, with a range target of over 600 km (WLTP).