More Than Just Tesla: Here’s Every New Electric Car Available in Australia

More Than Just Tesla: Here’s Every New Electric Car Available in Australia
Image: BYD

So, you want to be part of the green revolution in Australia, get yourself an electric vehicle (EV) and cruise along Aussie streets without making all that pollution and noise? Great! Just one question though – what electric vehicle should you buy?

It’s no small question and you’ll need to find yourself the right one with the most boxes ticked – especially cost.

Fret not, we’re here to help. Below you’ll find every electric vehicle you can purchase in Australia, from the cheapest one to the most expensive. If you’re after every upcoming electric car set to release in Australia, you want a different list.

What EVs are available in Australia?

Here’s every new electric vehicle available for purchase in Australia, ordered from least expensive to most expensive as of July 1, 2022.

  • BYD Atto 3: $44,381
  • MG ZS EV: $44,990
  • MG ZS EV Excite: $46,990
  • BYD Atto 3 Extended: $47,381
  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric: $49,970
  • Nissan Leaf: $49,990
  • MG ZS EV Essence: $49,990
  • Hyundai Kona Electric Elite: $54,500
  • MINI Electric: $55,650
  • Hyundai Kona Electric Highlander: $58,000
  • Polestar 2: $63,900.00
  • Nissan Leaf e+: $60,490
  • Kia Niro S: $62,590
  • MINI Electric Yours: $62,825
  • Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus: $63,900
  • Kia EV6: $67,990
  • Mazda MX-30: $65,490
  • Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor: $68,400.00
  • Kia Niro Sport: $70,990
  • Tesla Model Y RWD: $72,300
  • Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor: $73,400
  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range: $76,200
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge: $76,990
  • Lexus UX All Electric: $82,512
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance: $88,900
  • Lexus UX All Electric Sports Luxury: $90,712
  • Tesla Model Y AWD: $96,700
  • BMW i4: $99,900
  • BMW iX3: $114,900
  • BMW i4 M50: $124,900
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC: $140,711
  • Tesla Model S: $147,990
  • Jaguar I-Pace: $149,990
  • Audi E-Tron Sportback: $150,900
  • Tesla Model X: $165,990
  • Audi E-Tron S: $168,400
  • Porsche Taycan: $174,695
  • Tesla Model X Plaid: $174,990
  • Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: $176,600
  • BMW iX: $179,333
  • Audi E-Tron GT: $181,700
  • Tesla Model S Plaid: $186,990
  • Porsche Taycan 4S: $194,700
  • Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: $205,300
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo: $276,300
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: $279,000
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo S: $345,800

Keep in mind that while these are the lowest to highest prices for electric vehicles in Australia, these are just the EVs available for purchase new. Second-hand EVs and older models are also available. Let us know if we’re missing a car from the list.

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Image: Nissan

Why is it so hard to get an EV in Australia?

Because of supply and chip shortages internationally, electric vehicles are currently going through a pretty big shortage. If you’re interested in buying any of the vehicles on this list, expect a pretty sizeable wait time.

What is the cheapest electric vehicle in Australia?

Right now, the cheapest new electric vehicle in Australia is the BYD Atto 3 (priced at $44,381 before state taxes) although this is subject to change as more EVs appear on the market. Over the next few years, we can expect electric vehicles to get cheaper in Australia.

Should I buy a second-hand electric vehicle in Australia?

You can expect the price to be a lot lower when it’s second-hand (unless the supply is tough, in which case second-hand cars can be more expensive) but when it comes to electric vehicles you should keep the lithium batteries they use in mind. These become less effective over time and will need replacing, like any other car part.

Apart from that, electric vehicles are really no different from normal cars, beyond the fact that they usually have lots of interesting tech inside.

Why are electric vehicles so expensive in Australia?

There are a few reasons why electric vehicles are so expensive. Firstly they’re an innovative technology, meaning car companies (while they’re marketing on the next-gen feel of an all-electric car) are trying to get back the money they spent on researching said technology.

Another key reason is scarcity. EVs are pretty scarce in Australia right now, so there’s a bit of a choke in demand. This has also caused massive back ordering issues for Aussies, especially for those after Teslas. (Side note – you’ll find that second-hand Teslas are more expensive than new Teslas at the moment because they’re available now and you don’t have to backorder).

Another key reason is the luxury car tax, which is a tax imposed on cars over a certain threshold (it’s just under $80,000). Most EVs in Australia are subject to this tax.

What is the luxury car tax?

The luxury car tax is a tax imposed on luxury cars (confusing, I know) but it also applies to most new electric vehicles in Australia (in particular those over $79,659, which is the luxury car threshold).

According to the ATO, the luxury car tax is imposed at a rate of 33 per cent on the amount above the luxury car threshold. It’s paid by businesses and individuals who import luxury cars. The exact equation is (LCT value − LCT threshold) × 10 ÷ 11 × 33%. This applies to cars below two years old, which is why you’ll often see it associated with electric cars. It’s an observable extra fee on the second-hand market, where sellers are trying to make their money back.

Do EV batteries deteriorate over time?

Like the batteries in your phone, electric vehicle batteries deteriorate over time. Though an EV battery degrades as time goes on, most manufacturers offer battery replacement methods.

That being said, EV battery replacements can be quite expensive and could set you back thousands of dollars. It’s best to do your research and find out how much a battery replacement would cost you with your chosen car. Also keep in mind that you shouldn’t have to replace your EV battery until it’s at least 10 years old.

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Image: Tesla

How far can EVs travel?

EVs typically have a range of about 300 km before needing a recharge, however, some models have much greater ranges that go up to around 700 km before needing to charge. Travel range varies greatly from model to model, so make sure you pick the best one for your travelling needs.

How long do EVs take to charge?

Charging speeds for electric cars vary greatly, depending on the type of car and the type of charger being used. When using an ultra-rapid 350kW charger it can take just around 10 minutes, however it can also take between eight and 48 hours to charge an electric car when using a supplied portable charger or a home charger, according to Evse.

It’s best to think of charging your EV like charging your phone or laptop – unlike with fuel there’s no ‘get it and go’ solution, with easily switchable EV batteries not exactly a thing just yet.

Are EV charging stations free?

Public EV charging stations are sometimes free unless specified otherwise. It depends on the network of charging stations you’re charging with.

Should I get an electric vehicle in Australia?

It’s not really a question of should you get an EV, rather it’s more a question of when will you get an EV. EVs will eventually (hopefully) phase out petrol-fuelled cars and while petrol-fuelled cars still dominate Australia’s roads, some car manufacturers have committed to going all-electric in the near future.

This article has been updated since it was first published.