Vehicle sale numbers – Tesla and Polestar and in there and counting

The Federal Chamber of Automotive industries aims to represent the collective view of car companies in Australia. But for some time, Tesla has not been a member, citing the cost of membership.


Tesla has now joined the group and for the first time the sales figures for the latest month – March 2022, include their numbers which appear to be very significant.

Also included are the figures for another electric car manufacturer, is the Swedish company Polestar which arose out of the Volvo car company that is now Chinese owned.

This is one indication of electric car manufacturers embracing the mainstream.

Samantha Johnson is the Managing Director for Polestar in Australia. Prior to an official announcement, I asked her if Polestar was a member of FCAI


Samantha Johnson: Absolutely. And especially I’ve just been appointed the board on the board of the Electric Vehicle Council and thank you very much. And really, that gives us a great voice and being able to really work on the areas that we feel are our high priority. So, you know, educating people on charging infrastructure and making sure that that’s done in the right way.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the relatively stable result reflected the challenges facing the global automotive industry.

“This is historically a unique time in which supply rather than demand is determining the size of the market. This is due to manufacturers recovering from the pandemic-related shutdowns and the ongoing global shortage of micro processing units.

“Consumer inquiries and demand for new cars remains strong. Manufacturers are working hard to match this demand with supply,” Mr Weber added.

Australians are purchasing zero and low emission vehicles in greater numbers, with the FCAI pleased to report on two members’ sales for the first time, Tesla and Polestar.

“The addition of Polestar and Tesla further cements VFacts as the premier source of new motor vehicle sales data in Australia. Mr Weber also noted that in interpreting the data for March 2022, care should be taken as the Tesla data represents the company sales for the first three months of 2022.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto