The popularity of electric cars continues to rise, with registrations of battery-powered vehicles more than doubling between 2021 and 2022.

According to information published by the Department of Infrastructure this week, there were 34,199 battery-electric vehicles (EVs) registered in Australia on 31 January 2022 – an increase of 118 per cent from the 15,682 recorded 12 months prior.

Tesla continues to dominate the sector with 22,259 cars registered – almost double the 11,940 electric cars on Australian roads built by every other carmaker combined.

While this year’s Tesla’s figure represents an increase of 120 per cent from the 10,124 registered at the same time in 2021, the US company has already exceeded that figure just nine months into the year, with VFACTS sales data reporting more than 14,000 deliveries for the brand from 1 January to 31 September 2022.

Hyundai overtook Nissan for second place, with 2753 electric cars registered – an increase of 68 per cent – and the Korean brand making up eight per cent of the total number of battery-powered vehicles registered at the end of January.

Meanwhile, the number of Nissan electric vehicles (EVs) registered went up by almost 40 per cent, dropping the Japanese manufacturer into third place.

In fourth was MG, which had just 184 EVs registered in January 2021 before rising to 1435 in January 2022 – a 680 per cent increase in 12 months – putting the Chinese carmaker ahead of Mercedes-Benz, which rounded out the top five at 1077.

Extracted in full from: Tesla dominates as electric-car registrations increase 118 per cent in Australia – Drive