The Electric Cars to Look Out For in Australia

The Electric Cars to Look Out For in Australia
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Electric cars are the future of cars. And although there aren’t all that many available internationally (let alone in Australia) there are plenty of upcoming electric cars heading our way.

“But what EVs will be available for purchase over the next few years?” I hear you ask. Well, we’ve scraped together a little list of all the upcoming EVs Australians could soon get their hands on, and a bit of info about those companies you may not have heard of before.

Below you’ll find every electric car coming to Australia over the next few years (or at least the ones that have been confirmed). If you’re looking for EVs you can purchase in Australia right now, there’s a whole other list for that.

Every upcoming electric vehicle coming heading to Australia

Here’s every upcoming electric car that will be released in Australia soon (we’ll update this list as launch dates become available). If you think we’ve forgotten about anything, let us know.

  • ACE V1 Transformer: Coming 2022
  • ACE Cargo: Coming 2023
  • ACE Urban: Coming 2023
  • ACE Yewt: Coming 2023
  • Audi E-Tron GT Sedan: Coming 2022
  • Audi E-Tron S SUV: Coming Q1 2022
  • Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV: Unconfirmed availability date
  • BMW i4: Coming first half of 2022
  • BYD EA1 Hatch: Coming first half of 2022
  • BYD Yuan Plus SUV: Coming first half of 2022
  • Cupra Born Hatch: Coming late 2022
  • Genesis Electrified G80 Sedan: Coming first half of 2022
  • Genesis Electrified GV70-type SUV: Coming first half of 2022
  • Genesis GV60 Hatch: Coming first half of 2022
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: Coming 2023
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 Sedan: Coming 2023
  • Kia EV6 GT: Coming first half of 2022
  • Lexus UX300e: Coming late 2021
  • Mercedes-Benz EQA 350 SUV: Coming Q1 2022
  • Mercedes-Benz EQB SUV: Coming first half of 2022
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE Sedan: Coming second half of 2022
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS 53 Sedan: Coming first half of 2022
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan: Coming first half of 2022
  • Nissan Ariya SUV: TBA
  • Peugeot e-2008 SUV: TBA
  • Peugeot e-208 Hatch: TBA
  • Polestar 2 Sedan: Coming 2022
  • Porsche Macan EV: Coming 2023
  • Renault 5 Hatch: Coming 2024
  • Renault Kangoo: TBA
  • Renault Megan E-Tech SUV: Coming 2023
  • Rivian R1T: Coming first half of 2022
  • Skoda Enyaq SUV: TBA
  • Tesla Model Y SUV: 2022
  • Toyota bZ4X SUV: Coming second half of 2022
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Hatch: TBA
  • Volkswagen ID.4 SUV: TBA
  • Volkswagen ID.5 SUV: TBA
  • Volkswagen ID.Buzz People-Mover: TBA
  • Volvo C40 Recharge: Coming second half of 2022

What are these upcoming electric car brands I haven’t heard about?

No doubt there are a handful of brands on this list that you haven’t heard of. That’s because a lot of these brands are either startups or are satellite companies owned by bigger manufacturers. Here are some quick explainers on some of these lesser known brands.

  • ACE – ACE is an Australian owned electric vehicle company, set on selling EVs in 2022. It has received a $5 million grant from the federal government, with four vehicles in its fleet, one due for release in 2022 and the rest due for release in 2023. ACE vehicles are yet to hit Australian roads.
  • BYD – BYD (or “Build Your Dreams”) is a Chinese manufacturing company owned by BYD Co. LTD. It specialises in EVs, with some models to be sold in Australia through a third party importer.
  • Cupra – Cupra is a brand owned by Spanish car company Seat, specialising in high-performance vehicles. The company will be launching an electric car in Australia sometime soon.
  • Genesis – Genesis is the luxury division of Hyundai, based in South Korea. With a focus on luxury cars, Genesis produces some higher-end electric cars.
  • Polestar – Polestar is a Swedish brand owned by Volvo and is dedicated to producing electric performance cars. It has been building cars for just over a decade now.
  • Rivian – Rivian is an electric vehicle company from the United States and has been in operation since 2009. Despite that, the company only has one road-worthy card available, the R1T SUV, which is coming to Australia in 2022.

Will electric cars be more affordable in Australia in the future?

Electric cars are set to be more affordable in the future, but at the moment, they tend to lean on the more expensive side. Cheap electric cars currently tend to range between $45,000 and $55,000 in Australia, however upcoming electric cars from brands like ACE and Hyundai will (hopefully) bring prices down to around $35,000 with a focus on affordability.

Upcoming electric car
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Why do EVs take longer to arrive on the Australian market?

A few reasons. The first big reason is logistics – Australia exists in a corner of the globe not often touched by a lot of shipping and industries, simply based on location.

Another big reason is Australia’s Luxury Car Tax, which is imposed on all cars above a certain threshold ($79,659). Electric vehicles are also subject to this tax above the threshold, which bumps car prices up. In its current state it makes it harder for manufacturers to justify shipping their cars to the country.

There’s also the chip shortage, which is affecting a lot of major industries, and car manufacturers aren’t immune. Because Australia’s car market is comparatively a lot smaller to other countries, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for some cars to come to Australia. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon.

An additional reason is that our government doesn’t currently support electric vehicles like other countries do, but this could also be subject to change.

Why don’t we know exact dates?

Because it’s hard to pin down when an electric car is due for release in Australia, unfortunately. Shipping issues come up, logistics issues come into play and really it’s just hard to get an exact date a lot of the time.

When will Australian cars go all electric?

It’s tough to say, but you’ll likely be seeing petrol cars for at least the next few decades (ugh.). Plenty of car manufacturers are committing to all-electric vehicles from 2030 onwards, however how this will affect Australia is still unknown.

One day, if you’re a car owner and don’t rely on public transport, odds are that you’ll end up with an EV. For the moment in Australia though (while prices are dropping and options are rising) the future is waiting and you might as well get familiar with upcoming electric cars as you think about the future.