From enjoying a guilt-free zero emissions drive, or getting a kick out of instant torque – there are lots of reasons that drivers say they are glad to have made the switch to electric vehicles.
Lower maintenance costs – thanks to vastly fewer moving parts – and the smooth and silent driving experience are other benefits. And so, too, is the joy of not having to visit the petrol pump.
But this doesn’t mean the cost to run an electric vehicle is zero. While many electric car owners couple their EV with a solar system to get free juice from the sun, paying for electricity to charge their car is still a major factor.
It’s already been shown that electric vehicles can be cheaper to own than petrol and diesel vehicles, particularly with leases, but given drivers in Australia already have to pay a premium for their EVs, the cost of charging does matter.
Now the data is in, using details sourced from EV Database including real world range (which will be much less than the NEDC rating used in Australia), energy consumption and battery size, and calculations based on an electricity cost of 27c per kilowatt hour (check the chart out below).
This may seem like a big disparity in price but keep in mind that with a larger battery, the Model 3 SR+ offers longer driving range as well as the ability to update software over-the-air, such as one recent update which in effect helps to slightly increase the car’s range.
That said, when we put the Hyundai Ioniq through its paces it was by no means disappointing, displaying responsive and nimble handling and in our mind, topping the Model 3 with a big and accessible hatch as opposed to the 3’s boot.
Third on the list is the Mini Cooper SE, which recently landed in Australia for press reviews and will sell from $54,980, and which our very own Sophie Vorrath says is a cool city runabout.
Next up is another Hyundai – the 64kWh Hyundai Kona Electric to be exact (64kWh being usable battery capacity). This compact SUV with 400km real world driving range makes a good choice for those after some decent driving range combined with minimal running costs (also: we’ve also heard anecdotal reports the range is really much closer to Hyundai’s stated 480km).
At numbers six and seven, the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf are also commendable – for further reading on each vehicle simply visit our Models page, choose a model and scroll down to find the latest reviews.
|Rank||Vehicle||Battery Capacity (kWh)||Efficiency (Wh/km)||Electric Real World Range (km)||Cost to Fully Charge||Cost per 100km
|1||Hyundai IONIQ Electric||40.4||153||250||$10.91||$4.13|
|2||Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus||50||153||310||$13.50||$4.13|
|3||Mini Cooper SE||32.6||156||185||$8.80||$4.21|
|4||Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh||67.5||160||400||$18.23||$4.32|
|5||Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor||75||161||450||$20.25||$4.35|
|6||BMW i3 120Ah||42.2||161||235||$11.39||$4.35|
|8||Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance||75||167||435||$20.25||$4.51|
|9||Tesla Model S Long Range||100||184||515||$27.00||$4.97|
|10||Tesla Model S Performance||100||188||505||$27.00||$5.08|
|11||Porsche Taycan 4S||79.2||195||365||$21.38||$5.27|
|12||Tesla Model X Long Range||100||211||450||$27.00||$5.70|
|14||Tesla Model X Performance||100||216||440||$27.00||$5.83|
|15||Audi e-tron 50 quattro||71||231||280||$19.17||$6.24|
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the range of the Hyundai Kona Electric is 67.5km, which obviously it isn’t.
Bridie Schmidt is associate editor for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.