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China’s secret plan to make Australia dependent on it for electric cars like it is for everything else

China already dominates Australia’s electric car sales with a whopping 83 per cent market share, even before petrol cars are phased out.

An electric car last month became Australia’s fourth most popular car after the Greens agreed to back Labor’s legislative climate change policy with a 43 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

China, Australia’s largest trading partner, is strategically pursuing a thaw in trade relations, just as electric car sales are accelerating.

To that end, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met last week with his Australian counterpart Penny Wong in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

China already dominates Australia's EV sales with a whopping 83 percent market share, even before gasoline cars are phased out (pictured is a Tesla Model 3 production line in Shanghai)

China already dominates Australia’s EV sales with a whopping 83 percent market share, even before gasoline cars are phased out (pictured is a Tesla Model 3 production line in Shanghai)

When it comes to electric cars, Chinese-built cars are by far the best sellers, with Shanghai-made Teslas and an MG SUV in the lead, along with Volvos and a BMW with a six-figure price tag.

Best-selling Chinese electric cars

TESLA MODEL 3: 2,380 in August and 7,037 in 2022 so far

TESLA MODEL Y: 1,017 sold in August and 1,017 in 2022 so far

MG ZS EV: None in August and 138 in 2022 so far

POLESTAR 2: 38 in August and 694 in 2022 so far

VOLVO C40: Two in August and two in 2022 so far

VOLVO XC40: Three in August and 525 in 2022 so far

BMW IX3: 58 in August and 349 in 2022 so far

Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

Fully electric vehicles made in China last month held a whopping 82.6 per cent share of Australia’s EV market, data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries showed.

Australia is even more dependent on China for electric vehicles than it is for anything else.

Almost a third of Australia’s imports come from China, with telecommunications equipment, computers, furniture and prams topping the list as supply chain constraints bite.

However, Chinese cars only have a small 10 per cent share in Australia and more than 95 per cent of new cars sold still have a petrol or diesel engine – the top sellers coming from Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

But China dominates the smart electricity market.

ANZ economists Madeline Dunk, Kyle Uerata and David Plank have released a report showing EVs are a key growth sector as the Australian government promises to have charging stations at average intervals of 150km.

“China’s automotive industry has the potential for strong growth, particularly given its supply chain advantages in electronic vehicle batteries,” the ANZ report said.

The Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3 was Australia’s fourth most popular car last month with 2,380 orders, making it even more popular than the Toyota LandCruiser four-wheel drive.

The Tesla Model 3 (pictured), made in Shanghai, was last month Australia's fourth most popular car with 2,380 orders, making it even more popular than the Toyota LandCruiser four-wheel drive

The Tesla Model 3 (pictured), made in Shanghai, was last month Australia's fourth most popular car with 2,380 orders, making it even more popular than the Toyota LandCruiser four-wheel drive

The Tesla Model 3 (pictured), made in Shanghai, was last month Australia’s fourth most popular car with 2,380 orders, making it even more popular than the Toyota LandCruiser four-wheel drive

The Tesla Model Y - priced from $72,300 and also made in China - last month found 1,017 new owners in its first month on sale in Australia

The Tesla Model Y - priced from $72,300 and also made in China - last month found 1,017 new owners in its first month on sale in Australia

The Tesla Model Y – priced from $72,300 and also made in China – last month found 1,017 new owners in its first month on sale in Australia

Australia’s most popular electric car, with a starting price of $63,900, has since last year been sourced from China instead of the US with 7,037 sold in 2022 so far.

The Tesla Model Y – priced from $72,300 and also made in China – last month found 1,017 new owners in its first month on sale in Australia.

Elon Musk’s electric car brand also makes the Model S and Model X in Fremont, California for the Australian market, but so far this year the only Teslas sold locally have been made in China.

Tesla first began releasing sales data to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries this year.

The Chinese-owned MG brand became a top ten selling brand in Australia last year, ranking seventh in August.

The MG ZS EV is Australia’s most affordable all-electric car with a starting price of $44,990 drive away.

The MG ZS EV is Australia's most affordable all-electric car with a starting price of $44,990 drive away.  But so far this year, only 138 have been sold, and none ordered in August

The MG ZS EV is Australia's most affordable all-electric car with a starting price of $44,990 drive away.  But so far this year, only 138 have been sold, and none ordered in August

The MG ZS EV is Australia’s most affordable all-electric car with a starting price of $44,990 drive away. But so far this year, only 138 have been sold, and none ordered in August

The BMW IX3 may wear a German badge and have a starting price of $114,900, but it's also made in China.  This all-electric 'sports activity vehicle' managed 58 sales in August with 349 orders since January

The BMW IX3 may wear a German badge and have a starting price of $114,900, but it's also made in China.  This all-electric 'sports activity vehicle' managed 58 sales in August with 349 orders since January

The BMW IX3 may wear a German badge and have a starting price of $114,900, but it’s also made in China. This all-electric ‘sports activity vehicle’ managed 58 sales in August with 349 orders since January

But so far this year, only 138 have been sold, and none ordered in August.

Australia’s best selling cars in August

1. TOYOTA HILUX: 6,214 sales (made in Thailand)

2. FORD RANGER: 4,497 sales (made in Thailand)

3. TOYOTA RAV4: 2,482 sales (made in Japan)

4. TESLA MODEL 3: 2,380 sales (made in China)

5. TOYOTA LAND CRUISER: 2,379 sales (made in Japan)

6. MAZDA CX-5: 2,325 sales (made in Japan)

7. TOYOTA COROLLA: 2,115 sales (made in Japan and Thailand)

8. MITSUBISHI TRITON: 2,087 sales (made in Thailand)

9. HYUNDAI I30: 1,975 sales (made in South Korea)

10. ISUZU UTE D-MAX: 1,928 sales (made in Thailand)

Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

That’s a big drop from 2021, when MG sold 1,388 of the EV version.

MG’s state-owned parent, the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, has transformed an old British sports car brand into a mass-market budget offering.

The Chinese-built Polestar 2, priced from $63,900, achieved 38 sales in August and 694 so far this year.

This EV is an offshoot of Volvo, with the Chinese Geely group owning the Swedish brand synonymous with safety.

Volvo’s C40 electric hatch, priced from $74,990, is also made in China with two sold in August after the model only recently went on sale in Australia.

The Volvo XC40 SUV, priced from $72,990, is also made in China, with three sold last month for a year-to-date sales figure of 525.

The BMW IX3 may wear a German badge and have a starting price of $114,900, but it’s also made in China.

This all-electric ‘sports activity vehicle’ managed 58 sales in August, with 349 orders received since January.

Last month, 3,498 electric cars made in China were sold in Australia, with models from Tesla, Polestar, Volvo and BMW making up 82.6 per cent of the 4,235 electric cars ordered.

In August, fully electric cars had a market share of 4.4 percent of all 95,256 vehicles sold.

From January to August, electric cars had a smaller market share of two percent, with 14,524 sold so far among the 717,575 of all new vehicles ordered.

But sales of Chinese electric cars rose to 9,762, which equates to a 67.2 percent share of Australia’s electric car market.

The other third included cars from Audi, BMW, Hyundai and its luxury arm Genesis, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan and Renault.

The Volvo XC40 SUV, priced from $72,990, is also made in China, with three sold last month for a year-to-date sales figure of 525

The Volvo XC40 SUV, priced from $72,990, is also made in China, with three sold last month for a year-to-date sales figure of 525

The Volvo XC40 SUV, priced from $72,990, is also made in China, with three sold last month for a year-to-date sales figure of 525

The Chinese-built Polestar 2, priced from $63,900, achieved 38 sales in August and 694 so far this year

The Chinese-built Polestar 2, priced from $63,900, achieved 38 sales in August and 694 so far this year

The Chinese-built Polestar 2, priced from $63,900, achieved 38 sales in August and 694 so far this year