Tesla Model 3 wins overall silver medal in New Zealand in September
In a country dominated by sheep, powered by hydropower and financed by farmers, you would expect the best-selling vehicles to be electric vehicles. Not yet! The best-selling vehicle in New Zealand in September was still the Ford Ranger, and the third-best-selling vehicle was the Mitsubishi Outlander. This is to be expected. But in an unexpected twist, the money went to the Tesla Model 3! (Okay, this was a peak delivery month for Tesla, well above the quarterly average, skewing the results.)
In September, the podium looked like this: gold at the Ford Ranger (1498), silver at the Tesla Model 3 (1066) and bronze at the Mitsubishi Outlander (963). This is the first time that a BEV has made it into the top 3. It was a strong month, the second record for vehicle sales on record. Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and old-fashioned hybrids accounted for 21% of total sales (3,505 units). Another blow for Toyota, more fully electric vehicles were registered than hybrid vehicles. The totals were: 1,512 BEV, 537 PHEV and 1,456 spark plug-less hybrids.
The field of light hybrids was dominated by Toyota. The best-selling models were the Toyota RAV4, with 466 units, the Toyota Corolla (247 units) and the Toyota Yaris Cross (117 units).
New Zealand’s goal of becoming Pacific Norway is quickly becoming a reality. Bonuses and incentives are in place for buyers who buy electric vehicles and scrapped their old ICE cars.
New Zealand also has a very active gray market, importing used Nissan Leaves from Japan and reusing them for New Zealand roads. Plus, this is funded by the ICE buyers themselves. The tax rebate approach taxes higher emission internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and is supported by the New Zealand Motor Trade Association.
Since I last wrote about New Zealand a month ago, gasoline has risen to $ 2.61 per liter.
It won’t take long to make New Zealand’s electric dreams come true, I think it will only take the arrival of Rivian, the Ford F-150 Lightning and / or Great Wall Motors to tip the numbers.
Thanks to Ross for bringing this information to the attention of CleanTechnica.
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