An electric vehicle expert has predicted that ‘China will own Australia’s car market by the end of the decade’ and revealed why it is poised to become the country’s most dominant industry.
Sam Evans, passing by The Electric Viking to his 135,000 YouTube followers, said Australia’s electric car market share was only increasing and China already dominated that share with 83 percent of sales.
“We’re just seeing sales, sales, sales, we’re seeing the media being proven wrong, wrong, wrong and we’re seeing electric cars dominate like never before,” he said.
He said the reason our EV market would likely grow faster here than in most other countries was because of China’s proximity to Australia.
“China is about to dump its electric cars to Australia because it is making a loss – 2,000 car dealers (in China went out of business), went out of business last year,” he said.
An electric vehicle expert has predicted that ‘China will own the Australian car market by the end of the decade’. The photo shows a woman driving an electric car
“No one is making money in China right now, it’s bleeding everywhere. The Chinese market is just fucked up and they’re all saying “What are we doing, just sell them in Australia, we can make a profit”.
Evans said that in the first quarter of 2023, Australia’s EV market share had more than doubled from 2.6 percent to 6.5 percent in a year.
The Tesla Model 3 had 7,238 first quarter sales in Australia, with the BYD Atto 3 selling 2,100, the MG ZS selling 916 cars, the Volvo XC40 selling 827, the Polestar 2 selling 548 and the BMW iX selling 255 to sell.
Breakdown of EV sales by state for the first quarter of 2023
NSW: 6,399 sales, 7.6 percent market share
Queensland: 3,892, 6.5 percent
Victoria: 3,621, 5.3 percent
Western Australia: 1,524, 5.5 percent
A woman is depicted charging an electric car
ACTION: 838, 18.9 percent
South Australia: 787, 4.4 percent
Tasmania: 295, 6.5 percent
Northern Territory: 43.2 percent
“The kings of market share in Australia, they are all from China, including Tesla. Virtually all of the EVs that dominate the market share in Australia come from China – BYD, MG, Polestar, Volvo, Tesla and even some other brands,” he said.
Teslas sold in Australia are made in China – at Shanghai’s Gigafactory – not at Tesla’s original factory in California, which supplies cars to US buyers.
There were strong indications of the changes to come last August when the Tesla Model 3 appeared Australia’s fourth most popular car.
This was followed by the Greens agreeing to support Labour’s legislation climate policy of a 43 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
But Evans said he was shocked at how some EV owners are so against Tesla.
“There is an EV Facebook group for Aussies (where) people seem to foul Tesla quite often. I don’t really get it,” he said.
“I mean, 6.5 percent market share and without Tesla that would be… hopeless.”
Evans pointed out that Tesla alone holds 60 percent of Australia’s EV market so far this year, with Model 3 and Y sales being the top-selling vehicles.
With Tesla just slashing its prices in Australia – down to $4,000 for some models – it said the Model 3 was now “Australia’s best-selling passenger car.” No EV … just a passenger car, period’.
Evans suggested that Australians had stopped buying Toyota Camrys to buy Tesla Model 3s instead, saying they beat ‘the Hyundai i30, the MG3, the Toyota Corolla, which used to be the most popular cars in Australia’.
He said sales of Japanese-made cars would lag behind Chinese-made cars in Australia.
“Toyota bye-bye, that’s what I think. Japanese, they have had their heyday. I think we’ve already seen Japan peak in Australia,” he said.
EV sales by state in the first quarter of the year showed which EVs were embracing more.
‘New South Wales leads the way with 6,400 sales (and) they have a market share of 7.6 per cent. Queensland 3,900 with 6.5 per cent,” Evans said.
Victoria – come on Victorians what’s up – 3,621 (sales and) 5.3 percent market share.
“Western Australia 1,524 with a market share of 5.5 per cent, which is quite a number considering their population.”
The Electric Viking (pictured) is puzzled by Tesla’s lack of respect for electric vehicles
Electric cars and charging stations are on display at Tritium, Brisbane, Friday 31 March 2023
Evans was very impressed with the ACT’s sales figures of 839 cars, representing a market share of 18.9 percent.
“Australian Capital Territory, 19 percent of all cars sold there are all-electric,” he said.
“If you told that to a lot of Aussies, they’d have a nervous breakdown. They’d say, “One in five cars in the ACT is all-electric? No, no, no, no, no.
“That can’t be true, that just ruins weekends, that’s just going to kill Australians.
Many Australians still think that way, believe it or not. It sounds hyperbolic, but it’s true.’
In Tasmania, the figure for the first quarter was 295 electric cars sold, which was a market share of 6.5 percent.
The Northern Territory came last, with 43 sales representing a market share of two percent.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (second from left) looks at an electric car charging station in a testing area, during a visit to Tritium, Brisbane, Friday 31 March 2023