EVs available in Australia

When shopping for a car, people bring with them all sorts of preferences and must-haves, from the colour to the trim to the year – there’s a lot to consider. But among these age-old factors involved with car-buying, we also have another choice to make: whether or not we choose to drive green.

Across the globe, sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have skyrocketed in the past two years, with sales nearly doubling in 2020 alone. China and Norway are leading the way, with more than 1.3 million EVs sold in 2020 in China, and 70% of new car sales in Norway being EVs.

Meanwhile, Australia has had a slower start with EVs, thanks to high costs and a lack of government incentives. However, in 2021 there has been a clear uptick in the number of EVs sold, as well as numerous announcements from carmakers regarding the release of additional EV models in the near future. In addition, governments across the country have announced plans to substantially enhance their public charging networks.

While Australia saw just under 6,800 EVs sold in 2020, growth in 2021 has been substantial, with more than 8,600 sold in the first half of the year alone. This was thanks in large part to the introduction of lower-cost EV models, significantly expanding the addressable market of buyers eager for EVs.As we continue to adopt greener solutions for everything from heating our homes to powering our vehicles, we’re making progress every day toward a more sustainable future. 

Interested in buying an EV, but not sure where to start? We’re here to give you a quick reminder of which EVs are available in Australia, including both all-electric and plug-in hybrid models.

Audi E-tron

The German manufacturer’s first all-electric EV has proven to be popular with consumers, thanks to its signature styling, SUV capabilities and cushy interior. 

  • Price: from $149,065
  • Range: 334km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 35 hours 
  • Wallbox: 9 hours 
  • Fast charging: 30 minutes

BMW i3

This compact, versatile hatchback from BMW includes a sport version for peppier driving and lets you choose whether to add the range-extending petrol engine for longer trips. 

  • Price: from $68,700
  • Range: 260km

Charge time 

  • Standard socket: 19 hours, 30 minutes 
  • Wallbox: 3 hours, 15 minutes 
  • Fast charge: 80% in 40 minutes

BMW iX

This zippy ride is BMW’s first all-electric SUV. buyers can choose between several badges, including two battery types for even further range, perfect for drivers on the go. 

  • Price: from $147,139
  • Range: 420 km

Charge time

  •  Standard socket: 36 hours
  • Wallbox: 7 hours, 45 minutes 
  • Fast charge: 80% in 31 minutes

Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq was a groundbreaking introduction to Australia as the first all-electric vehicle coming in at under $50,000. 

  • Price: from $48,490
  • Range: 311km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 17.5 hours
  • Wallbox: 6 hours
  • Fast charge: 80% in 54 minutes

Hyundai Kona

The Kona is a popular small SUV that offers a unique value of utility and affordability, now in a purely electric model. To cover larger distances, opt for the Extended Range package. 

  • Price: from $59,336
  • Range: 305 km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 28 hours
  • Wallbox: 9 hours, 35 minutes
  • Fast charge: 80% in 54 minutes

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The eye-catching design of the Ioniq 5, paired with an impressive range and a reasonable price tag make this EV an appealing option for style-conscious drivers. 

  • Price: from $71,900
  • Range: 451 km

Charge time

  •  Standard socket: 25 hours
  • Wallbox: 9 hours
  • Fast charger: 80% in 18 minutes

Hyundai Nexo

Though not a true EV, the Nexo is Hyundai’s state-of-the-art hydrogen-powered fuel-cell SUV. So far, the Nexo is only available as a fleet vehicle, as the infrastructure required to charge it is not yet developed.

  • Price: from $124,000
  • Range: 666 km
  • Charge time: 3-5 minutes  

Kia Niro

The multiple-award-winning Niro is highly regarded for its plush interior, sporty performance and solid range.  

Price: $67,490

Range: 384 km 

Charge time 

  • Standard socket: 24 hours 
  • Wallbox: 9 hours
  • Fast charge: 55 minutes

Mazda MX-30

As the manufacturer’s first all-electric offering, the MX-30 is uniquely appealing, thanks to Mazda’s powerful combination of affordability and comfort.

  • Price: from $70,792
  • Range: 224 km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 15 hours, 30 minutes
  • Wallbox: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Fast charge: 36 minutes

MG ZS EV

Australia’s lowest-cost all-electric vehicle comes from Chinese manufacturer MG. Surprisingly peppy, the ZS is an affordable option for drivers looking to enter the EV space on a budget.

  • Price: from $40,990
  • Range: 263 km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 19 hours 
  • Wallbox: 6 hours 
  • Fast charge: 1.5 hours

Mercedez-Benz EQC

Mercedez’s first all-electric vehicle, the EQC comes with a free five-year subscription to the nation’s largest EV charging network. 

  • Price: from $124,300
  • Range: 430km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 18 hours
  • Wallbox: 7.5 hours
  • Fast charge: 40 minutes

Mercedes-Benz EQA

Smaller than its predecessor, the EQC, this is the sportier, more affordable vehicle from Mercedes – but don’t worry, it still packs a luxurious punch and impressive range. 

  • Price: from $80,810
  • Range: 400 km

Charge time 

  • Standard socket: 31hours
  • Wallbox: 7 hours 
  • Fast charge: 30 minutes to 80%

Mini Electric Hatch 

This eye-catching EV has all the stylish appeal of a Mini, with none of the emissions.

  • Price: from $61,379
  • Range: 215 km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 15 hours
  • Wallbox: 3 hours 15 minutes 
  • Fast charge: 36 minutes

Nissan Leaf

The ever-popular Leaf is a useful hatchback that’s been around in Australia since 2019.  

  • Price: from $49,990
  • Range: 270km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 24 hours
  • Wallbox: 7 hours, 30 minutes 
  • Fast charge: 80% in 1 hour

Porsche Taycan

Unquestionably one of the most stylish EVs on the road, the Taycan has all the speed and style you’d expect from a Porsche.

  • Price: from $173,118
  • Range: 310 km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 39 hours 
  • Wallbox: 8 hours 
  • Fast charge: 22 minutes to 80%

Renault Kangoo Maxi ZE

Perfect for business, the Maxi ZE has an impressive range, plenty of space and a wallet-friendly pricetag. 

  • Price: from $54,878
  • Range: 200 km 

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 14 hours 40 minutes 
  • Wallbox: 4.5 hours
  • Fast charge: not compatible

Tesla Model 3

The most affordable Tesla vehicle, the Model 3 is a well-equipped sedan with impressive range and a surprisingly reasonable price.

  • Price from: $66,000 
  • Range: 448km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 88 hours 
  • Tesla charger box: 6 hours, 40 minutes 
  • Fast charge: 75% in 1 hour

Tesla Model S

As the vehicle that kicked off the Tesla craze, the beloved Model S is also the longest-range all-electric vehicle in production today. 

  • Price: from $141,990
  • Range: 637 km

Charge time

  • Standard socket: 4 days 
  • Tesla charger box: 8 hours
  • Fast charge: 80% in 1 hour

Tesla Model X

Tesla’s first SUV, the Model X is stylish, spacious and packed with technology.

  • Price: from $157,418
  • Range: 547 km

Charge time 

  • Standard socket: 98 hours
  • Tesla charger box: 8 hours
  • Fast charge: 1.5 hours

Volvo XC40 Recharge

From the carmaker with plans to build electric vehicles only by 2030 comes this popular small SUV.

  • Price: from $47,490
  • Range: 418 km

Charge time 

  • Standard socket: 34 hours 
  • Wallbox: 11 hours
  • Fast charger: 75 minutes

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

These plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) are currently available in Australia:

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