Tesla Model 3 ramps presence in Australia despite government’s questionable EV stance

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Tesla is scheduled to deliver over 2,400 units of its Model 3 to Australia this month, making it one of the top-selling cars for the month of September.

Earlier in September, Teslarati reported that the Model 3 was leading the way in terms of popularity of electric vehicles in Australia, but the new numbers are suggesting that it is one of the most popular vehicles in the country.

Model 3s are making their way to Australia in cargo ships in order to fulfill orders that the Silicon Valley-based carmaker received. Tesla confirmed that Model 3s were in Australia on September 1, but reports suggest that the first few units were delivered in late August.

Australian politicians have voiced their displeasure with electric vehicles. Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed in April that the end of the “Australian Weekend” was near due to the increase in presence of electric vehicles. “[An electric vehicle] won’t tow your trailer. It’s not going to tow your boat. It’s not going to get you out to your favorite camping spot with your family,” Morrison said.

In 2017, 1.19 million cars were purchased in the country, but less than 1% of them were electric, and Tesla made more than 80% of them. It seems that the country has already outsold the 2017 mark in the single month of September 2019.

This information supports studies from marketing firm Roy Morgan that showed that the number of people who were considering buying a full-electric vehicle increased by 54%, from 238,000 to 438,000. The number of people considering a hybrid vehicle nearly doubled from 621,000 to 1,174,000.

In a country where the government has taken the initiative to ruin the image of electric vehicles, citizens are beginning to lean more and more toward eco-friendly options. Australia’s Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has reported that petrol sales are on a downward spiral as it has been 17 months since gas vehicles have trended in a positive manner. “Despite the best efforts of the industry, the decrease in sales continues. It is well known that Australia is one of the most competitive markets in the world, and with the current economic environment, it is also one of the most difficult markets in the world,” said Tony Weber, an FCAI chief executive.

Tesla Model 3 ramps presence in Australia despite government’s questionable EV stance
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