2021 Australia’s Best Selling Hybrid & Component Hybrid

Toyota and Tesla may top the hybrid and electric car sales charts — but they aren’t the only car brands that sold 79,000 electric vehicles last year. Below are the best-selling hybrid and electric cars in Australia.


Sales of electrified cars in Australia broke records in 2021, with 79,025 plug-in hybrids, plug-in hybrids (excluding Tesla) and hydrogen vehicles reported, outpacing 2020 sales by 27.4 percent.

Conventional ‘self-charging’ hybrid vehicles made up 89.2 percent of those electrified sales – according to data provided by the Federal Chamber of Automobile Industries (FCAI) – of which 92.9 percent was accounted for as the market leader Toyota Group of hybrids and drivetrains. Quadrilateral.

Australia’s number three best-selling vehicle, the Toyota RAV4 mid-wheel drive, accounts for 36.7 percent of all hybrids sold last year, and 32.7 percent of all electrified vehicles (excluding electric Tesla cars, as well as mild hybrid vehicles).



As reported, Australians bought 5,149 all-battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2021 – however, that number excludes US electric car giant Tesla, which does not submit its sales figures to FCAI, but is believed to have sold as many as 10,000 vehicles in 2021. By some estimates.

Meanwhile, 3,372 plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) were sold, along with 38 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) – the latter’s sales dropping due to only two FCEVs for sale in Australia (Hyundai Nexo and Toyota Mirai), available only For selected fleets (not for the general public).

While Tesla and Toyota may be the sales leaders in electric vehicle sales in Australia, a host of other brands are striving for success with their hybrid and electric vehicle sales. Leadership I’ve already covered 2021 electric car sales in depth (click here to read more) – so this story will take a deep look at Australia’s best-selling hybrid and hybrid cars last year.

Hybrid Vehicle (HEV) Sales in Australia in 2021

Australians bought 70,466 conventional hybrid vehicles (also known as Hybrid Autonomous Vehicles or HEVs) in 2021 — a 20.3 per cent increase over 2020 sales, and they now account for seven per cent of all new passenger cars, SUVs and vans sold in Australia. .

Market leader Toyota is leading the way for hybrid sales, with 65,491 vehicles reported — an increase of 20.5 percent from 54,335 sold in 2020 — and representing 29.3 percent of the company’s sales (or 44.8 percent of Toyota cars and SUVs) ).

The RAV4 midsize SUV topped the list with 25,850 sales — down 2.1 percent, due to inventory shortages and production halts — followed by the Corolla (14,657, up 5.1 percent) and Camry (10,979, up 14.2 percent, accounting for 83.9 percent of total Camry sales. ).



Similarly, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus broke records for hybrid sales in 2021, with petrol and electric models making up 38.8 percent of the 9,290 vehicles reported as sold.

The NX300h midsize SUV led the way directly with 992 sales (32.1 percent of NX sales), followed by the UX250h small SUV, with 975 sales (55.9 percent of user experience sales). 87.3 percent of all Lexus ES sedans sold were hybrids, the highest in the brand’s lineup (excluding the hatch-only CT hybrid). Although the conventional gasoline engine arrives until August.

Toyota and Lexus are not the only two brands offering plug-in hybrid vehicles in Australia. Kia was “best”, reporting 465 Niro Hybrid mini SUVs (although it only went on sale in April/May), followed by the Subaru XV and Forester Hybrids, with 402 and 356 reported sales, respectively. It is followed by the Hyundai Ioniq and Honda Accord, with sales of 77 and 71 (estimated), respectively.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) sales in Australia in 2021

VFACTS industry sales data published by the Federal Chamber of Automobile Industries shows that 3,372 Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) were sold in Australia in 2021 – up 99.4 percent over the 2020 sales figure, but still trailing the 5,149 all-electric vehicles reported. It was sold last year.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is at the top of the sales chart – which became Australia’s first plug-in hybrid from a major manufacturer, upon launch in 2014 – with 592 sales reported, or 4.1 per cent of all Outlander sales last year.

Newcomer MG HS Plus EV (formerly HS PHEV) is on its heels with 580 sales, with 580 sales on record since its March 2021 launch. Exclude January and February from Outlander sales tally to level the playing field with MG and HS Plus will get EV is on the sales crown with a margin of 10 to 20 sales.



It’s a tie for third place between the Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered — or Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, as it’s now known — and the Mercedes-Benz GLC300e luxury mid-size SUV, which accounts for 8.4 and 7.3 percent of XC60 and GLC sales, respectively.

Other notable plug-and-hybrid sales results include a close battle between the mechanically related Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro PHEVs (with sales of 68 and 60 respectively), and 122 sales of the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid (overtaking its BMW X5 rival, but second to the Volvo XC90). PHEV), and recorded 25 sales of Australia’s most expensive PHEV, the $1 million Ferrari SF90.

* – No percentage specified, as Peugeot PHEVs are not yet officially for sale (the listed vehicles have been registered for use by the manufacturer/media).
** – Figure indicates SF90 sales as a percentage of Ferrari’s total sales.

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Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist to the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from navigating through car magazines at a young age, to growing around performance cars in the family. Car lover.

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