Tesla Uptake in Victoria, Australia Soars 220% in August

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The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) increased significantly in Australia in the wake of the Tesla Model Y being introduced last month, especially in Victoria where registration rates for the U.S. automaker have jumped more than threefold.

Tesla uptake in Victoria jumped 220 percent in August compared with July, coinciding with the Model Y arriving in Australia last month, as reported by The Driven.

Additionally, the news comes after production upgrades at Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai increased output capacity, following a pause in production which caused low July deliveries for most markets.

The August data, as compiled by carloop, shows that 953 new Tesla vehicles were delivered in Victoria, which is also the second-largest populated state in Australia.

The August deliveries also represent 10 percent more than all of the company’s vehicles delivered in 2020 at just 863.

29.9 percent of the Tesla units delivered in Australia were accounted for by the Model Y SUV, while the Model 3 sedan encompassed 70.1 percent of the deliveries.

While the Model Y is too expensive for Victoria’s $3,000 EV subsidy, the high uptake within the state shows that the demand for the EV is higher than some consumers’ wishes to gain the EV credit.

Tesla chairperson Robyn Denholm said in July that the automaker’s sales in Australia could double by the end of the year.