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Polestar topples Tesla in EV sales battle: Tesla Model 3 deliveries slow to a crawl as stock issues bite

Polestar topples Tesla in EV sales battle

Tesla has been outgunned by Polestar in June in Australia as supply issues continue to hamper Elon Musk's EV giant.

Telsa has only recently begun reporting its delivery information in Australia, and last month only 172 vehicles found a home across the county.

That's fewer than Polestar, with the Swedish EV brand delivering more than 200 cars across the country, despite facing its own stock issues.

Still, it's an improvement on Tesla's May deliveries, with only 12 vehicles listed as being delivered in the period. The tiny delivery numbers are a significant fall from when Telsa first seated reported its sales figures in Australia, with the brand claiming some 4481 deliveries in the first five months of 2022.

It's proof positive of Tesla's current delivery woes, with seven to nine month wait times across the Tesla Model 3 family as the customer queue grows. Similar queues have formed for the recently released Tesla Model Y.

One issue is rolling closures at Tesla's Shanghai production facility, with the gigafactory thought to have lost 22 days of production thanks to Covid lockdowns.

The shutdowns contributed to a massive slow-down in Tesla production, with the EV maker delivering 254,695 vehicles globally in the three months to June 30, 2022. That number is down considerably from the 310,048 vehicles it delivered in the first three months of the year.

While that represents a 17.8 per cent drop in production, the result is clearly being much harder felt in Australia, where deliveries have slowed to a crawl.

There is hope on the horizon, however, with the brand promising global production will increase by 50 per cent per annum.

“We plan to grow our manufacturing capacity as quickly as possible. Over a multi-year horizon, we expect to achieve 50 per cent average annual growth in vehicle deliveries," the brand said in an investor presentation.