Tesla EV Sales are Growing in Australia: Tesla’s Chair Person
According to Chair Robyn Denholm on Tuesday, Tesla’s electric vehicle (EV) sales in Australia quickly increase from a low base. They are on track to overtake those of its Powerwall home batteries in the nation.
Denholm said at the Australian Clean Energy Summit in Sydney, “We now have more than 26,500 Teslas on Australian roads, and the momentum is there.
By the end of the year, she said, “I wouldn’t be shocked if we quadruple that amount.”
Around 1% of the 2.5 million Tesla EVs worldwide as of the first quarter of 2022 are found in Australia. Only 2% of new vehicle sales in Australia are EVs.
In terms of energy, Australia is in a unique situation since there are more Powerwalls erected there than there are Teslas, according to Denholm.
In Australia, the nation with the greatest per capita rooftop solar adoption internationally, home batteries are popular to complement rooftop solar.
According to Denholm, the absence of fast charging sites is the main barrier to EV adoption.
Transformers must be added to the grid to hasten the installation of fast charging stations, a process that, according to her, is very sluggish in Australia compared to the rest of the area.
“These charges must be distributed right now. This is the crucial component for widespread EV adoption “Denholm said.
She asked the incoming Labor administration to implement car fuel emission requirements to promote the use of EVs and support infrastructure improvements essential for installing charging stations and utility-scale energy storage.
She also reaffirmed the need for Australia to increase its capability for refining battery materials. Three-quarters of the lithium that Tesla requires for its batteries comes from Australia, but little of the higher-value material that goes into batteries is refined in that nation.
According to Denholm, “this whole business has to grow at sprinting velocity.”