The popularity of battery-powered passenger cars is gaining, government data reveals.

Sales of new electric cars surged by 59 per cent in 2020, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The federal government body has revealed a total of 20,095 electric cars were registered in 2020, compared with 12,651 in 2019.

While the data includes plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and fully-electric vehicles, it provides the most accurate snapshot into this segment, as market leader Tesla withholds its sales data from the industry’s monthly VFACTS reports.

However, figures obtained exclusively by Drive in January 2021 showed Tesla sold 3430 vehicles over the 2020 calendar year.

Australian Tesla tracking outlet VedaPrime recently reported the electric car company has brought in roughly 4200 examples of the Model 3 into the country in 2021 alone – already 40 per cent more than were imported in all of 2020.

VedaPrime told Drive it expects Tesla to exceed more than 10,000 imports this year.

The latest June VFACTS report from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows sales of fully-electric cars has jumped to 858 year-to-date, representing an increase of 107 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Meanwhile, plug-in hybrid models have increased by 15 per cent over the same period.

Extracted in full from: New electric car sales jump 59 per cent in 2020 | Drive

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