Tesla EVs in Australia could reach 50,000 by end of the year: Denholm

Robyn Denholm, Chair of Elon Musk’s electric auto firm, Tesla, Inc., has reportedly signaled a huge jump in the number of Tesla electric cars in Australia, adding that the figure may reach over 50,000 by the end of this year.

This indicates that orders for Tesla’s Model Y in the country are in line with the optimistic forecasts and a huge leap from the past two quarters, especially with the recent Covid lockdowns that affected Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai.

While speaking at the Australian Clean Energy Summit, Denholm stated that the number of Tesla EVs on Australian roads currently stands at around 27,000, with most being the Model 3 sedans.

Denholm stated that the company’s local vehicle fleet started from a low base, and has now reached over 26,500, with the momentum remaining the same.

The Model Y, which only recently opened for orders in the country, has already made over 12,000 bookings within the first weekend.

Meanwhile, Denholm also pointed out that although the number of EVs is increasing, the country has more Tesla Powerwall home batteries installed than it has its EVs on roads, which can be blamed on a lack of federal policy support for EV uptake.

She stated that the country is still behind in the electrification of transportation and switching to EVs, which account for only 2% of new cars, and is the only OECD nation that does not have fuel efficiency standards on a national level.

Denholm stressed that the introduction of a national emissions standard for vehicles is vital for the country to make progress on its new targets for emissions reduction. Apart from that, the country also needs to accelerate the development of EV infrastructure to facilitate EV uptake.

She added that the rollout of fast chargers in the country is also hindered by flawed regulatory, permitting, and logistical processes, a problem also faced by large-scale developers of wind, solar, and battery energy storage.

Denholm stated that Tesla aims to triple its supercharging network within the next two years and that Australia’s EV charging industry is also prepared to make substantial investments in developing charging infrastructure.

Source credit: https://thedriven.io/2022/07/19/tesla-says-australian-ev-fleet-could-double-this-year-to-more-than-50000-cars/

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