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The turbulence in New Zealand’s political scene is affecting the automotive sector. It’s possible {that a} right-leaning coalition will take management of presidency and finish the nation’s beneficiant tax incentives for EVs and punitive taxes on fossil-fueled vehicles. Which means gross sales for EVs are prone to be sturdy until the top of the 12 months, whereas gross sales of diesel and petrol vehicles will surge within the new 12 months. Twenty-nine % of recent vehicles offered in New Zealand in October got here with a plug (20% BEV, 9% PHEV). That’s down simply barely from final month (34%). One other 29% of the market had been HEVs, 33% had been pure petrol, and eight% had been pure diesel. Over 10,000 mild autos had been offered in New Zealand in October 2023.

General, automobile gross sales are down 7% in comparison with this time final 12 months, and the New Zealand financial system is tight, with money charges sitting at 5.5%. Inflation has fallen barely and sits at 5.6%. Headwinds for automobile consumers, certainly.

Throughout the ditch in Australia, gross sales appear to have tanked to a measly 6.5% plugin automobile market share in a resurgent auto market. Rumor has it that ships containing EVs have fallen afoul of biosecurity and are unable to load. Phrase on Fb is that one ship has failed its inspection greater than as soon as.

Nonetheless, the long run appears vibrant, as Tesla is prone to launch its refreshed “Highland” Mannequin 3 quickly and BYD is stockpiling vehicles. On a latest go to to Tangalooma Island Resort, we noticed three RORO automobile transporters heading into port.

Enjoyable at Tangalooma, watching the RORO go by. Picture courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

Yesterday, one in every of my correspondents despatched me this image taken from his commuter prepare of a “Discipline of (Construct Your) Goals” on the north facet of Brisbane:

Discipline of BYD Atto 3 awaiting supply. North facet of Brisbane. Picture from Brian Hoepper.

Let’s cowl New Zealand first. The ten high promoting BEVs in New Zealand in October 2023 had been:

  1. MG4 (357)
  2. BYD Atto 3 (246)
  3. Nissan Leaf (165) + 496 used imports.
  4. Tesla Mannequin Y (139)
  5. MG ZS EV (122)
  6. BYD Dolphin (113)
  7. GWM ORA (97)
  8. VW ID 4 (97)
  9. Kia EV 6 (69)
  10. Polestar 2 (60)

A few of these autos weren’t on the chart final month, as NZ’s auto market suffers from the vagaries of auto importers and abroad logistics. It’s value noting that 63 electrical BMWs had been offered (of quite a lot of sorts) and 54 MINI EVs. The chart is being dominated by decrease priced “metropolis” BEVs just like the MG4. The MG4, BYD Dolphin, and GWM ORA have solely been obtainable for just a few months. The ORA is now the bottom priced new BEV in the marketplace, after dropping in worth by 10%. If you’re keen to go second hand, NZD$22,000 will get you a “well-specced” used Nissan LEAF with about 230 km of vary.

On the rostrum for BEV model gross sales are: gold to MG (479), silver to BYD (359) and bronze to Nissan (169). If we had included the used Nissan LEAFs, Nissan would have been primary (661 items). Full particulars can be found from EVDB. For the curious, solely 5 Tesla Mannequin 3s offered in NZ in October 2023.

Prime promoting plug in hybrids (PHEVs) had been:

  1. Mitsubishi Outlander (235) — this a comparable determine to Ford’s and Toyota’s diesel gross sales
  2. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (195)
  3. Kia Sorrento (165)
  4. Kia Niro (111)
  5. Mini Countryman (33)
  6. Ford Escape (27)
  7. Jeep Compass (22)
  8. MG HS (19)
  9. Mazda CX 60 (18)
  10. Cupra Born Formentor (17)

In distinction: Toyota offered over 1700 HEVs of varied types and 207 diesel utes.

Talking of utes, LDV is ending the run of the LDV eT60. The LDV was NZ’s solely BEV ute. At current, inventory is being cleared with huge reductions. Elon isn’t the one one dealing with difficulties bringing an electrical ute to market.

In response to EVDB: “The sunshine business sector is a significant hurdle within the transition to electrical. In 2023, utes and lightweight vans made up 1 / 4 of recent autos gross sales. Of that, lower than 1% had been absolutely electrical.” BYD hopes to bridge the hole with a PHEV ute in 2024, with a completely electrical model to comply with. Mitsubishi’s Outlander gross sales are displaying that there’s a marketplace for PHEV utes in New Zealand. Mitsubishi offered 235 PHEV utes in October 2023. Examine this with the 207 diesel utes offered by Toyota and 201 offered by Ford.

New Zealand now has 93,000 plugin autos on the street, of which 65,000 are absolutely electrical.

And what about Australian numbers. We must be conscious that Australia’s auto market is ten occasions the dimensions of New Zealand’s, so we’re speaking larger numbers. Nonetheless, we have now the identical points that come up from having no home carmakers. The October drop in penetration price from over 10% in September to round 6.5% in October is probably going simply seasonal (plus the aforementioned insect infestation). Let’s hope the upward momentum is regained as we transfer in direction of the top of the 12 months.

The ten high promoting BEVs in Australia in October 2023 had been:

  1. Tesla Mannequin 3 (1,178) — 12 months up to now: 15,718
  2. BYD Atto 3 (912) — 12 months up to now: 9,618
  3. Tesla Mannequin Y (810) — 12 months up to now: 24, 267
  4. MG4 (751) — 12 months up to now: 1,692
  5. Kia EV6 (220) — 12 months up to now 1,367
  6. MG ZS EV (190) — 12 months up to now: 2,549
  7. Mercedes-Benz EQA (162) — NB the EQB offered 91, and the EQC 32
  8. Volvo XC40 Recharge (149) — 12 months up to now: 2,434
  9. Cupra Born (128)
  10. BYD Dolphin (100)
  11. Hyundai Ioniq 5 (99)

Examine this with the figures for the Ford Ranger — 6215, the Toyota Hello Lux — 5766, and the Isuzu D-Max — 3198. The Tesla Mannequin Y was the third positioned passenger automobile in September with 3811 deliveries; it’s now thirty seventh on the desk. We will blame delivery points and biosecurity transgressions because the Glovis RORO circles off the Brisbane coast.

Lacking from the highest ten is the Nice Wall Motor ORA — the third within the “reasonably priced electrical triumvirate” (thanks John Regulation of whichcar for this cute flip of phrase!). The ORA offered 77 items in October for a year-to-date determine of 360. LDV managed to promote 4 of its electrical supply vans (I don’t know why extra logistics corporations are usually not utilizing these to extend their income and scale back their prices) and 13 of its electrical utes.

We must always give the Nissan LEAF a veteran’s encouragement award. The LEAF remains to be hanging in there whereas its compatriots — the BMW i3 and Renault Zoe — appear to have vanished from Australian shores.

There was a rise in PHEV deliveries, primarily pushed by the Mitsubishi Outlander, reaching 2228. Russel Coight’s advertisements are slicing by. The highest small automobile over AUD$40,000 was the MG 4 (751). Though, it was soundly crushed by the Toyota Corolla on worth (sub AUD$40,000) and quantity (1746 items).

The Tesla Mannequin 3 (1178 gross sales) remains to be outselling its decrease priced Camry competitor (925). The one notable rise in electrical automobile classes, although, seems to be PHEV SUVs. Thanks, Russell.

BYD Dolphins being delivered within the Brisbane burbs — neighbour’s son simply picked this up that morning. Supply of MG4. Picture from Brian Hoepper.

Evaluating figures from 12 months in the past — in October 2022, 2098 BEVs had been offered in Australia, whereas October 2023 noticed 6057 gross sales — nearly triple the amount. PHEVs have had an excellent larger improve, going from a minuscule 464 to 1738. The Russell Coight impact. Sadly, hydrogen powered vehicles appear to have vanished — 3 had been delivered in October 2022, however none had been delivered final month.

Toyota nonetheless has over 20% of the Australian market.

Anecdotal proof factors to a bumper last two months of 2023 for the Australian EV market. Only in the near past, a correspondent pointed me to a “discipline of (Construct Your) goals.” Simply north of my house, subsequent to Strathpine railway station, we discovered a holding lot containing over 600 BYD Atto 3s. Some are speculating that these is likely to be for Uber drivers. Related giant numerous BYDs are being noticed in Melbourne (Victoria) and Perth (Western Australia).

Discipline of Atto 3 awaiting supply – Northside of Brisbane Picture from Majella Waterworth.

Out of the a million vehicles offered up to now in Australia in 2023, nearly 72,000 include a plug. Numbers are solely anticipated to rise, not solely after bug spray on these Teslas that at the moment are at sea, but additionally as a result of extra fashions are due for launch within the subsequent few months from Volkswagen (ID); Polestar (3); Subaru (Solterra); Peugeot (e-2008), and Renault (Megane-E). And from China, BYD must be delivering the already well-liked Seal and is promising a PHEV ute and a big BEV SUV. Chery has re-entered the Australian market and is predicted to carry its Omoda 5 EV by mid 12 months. Ford is speaking about an electrical Puma and Nio is trying to launch right here in 2025.

BYD Atto 3s now getting used as Silver Service Taxis. Picture by Majella Waterworth.

The Future appears vibrant, and electrical.

Brian Kathleen and my grandson Raffie at Noosa MG. Nonetheless ready for the Mortein therapy from biosecurity. Picture courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

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