In 2021 there will be as many as 30 electric car models to choose from in Australia, and although more than 10 will not be launched until next year, many of them are available right now.
Despite the impact of Covid-19, the year 2020 has seen several new electric cars launched in Australia, adding a little more consumer choice despite a lack of support from government.
While some car makers have sadly delayed models (such as Kia’s e-Niro and e-Soul), as they shunt inventory to other jurisdictions to meet vehicle emissions targets, we have to tip our hat to car makers who have taken the leap to test the fledgling Australian EV market regardless.
In particular, we commend car makers who are bringing in electric cars under the relatively affordable $50,000 mark, and even the slightly more expensive $75,000 price mark.
Crucially, all fall under the $77,565 luxury car tax threshold, a tax that was originally introduced to protect the now non-existent Australian car making industry.
It’s true that electric cars are still more expensive than combustion engine vehicles, and although recent findings by BloombergNEF suggest that by 2023, the sticker price of electric cars may fall to that of combustion cars, we know that nevertheless there are plenty of drivers considering to switch before then.
Therefore, here is the complete list of electric cars in Australia priced at less than $75,000 before on-road costs.
The first electric vehicle from MG to reach Australian shores, the MG ZS EV all-electric SUV has 230km real world driving range and is available from $40,990 before on-road costs, and is currently the cheapest electric vehicle available in Australia. The MG ZS EV is possibly the best value non-Tesla electric car in Australia, and at the lowest price point. Read the review here.
The new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq has a boosted battery, more power output and longer range than the 2019 model. Inside, mood lighting and an updated dash make for great user experience, and outside a redesigned grille area makes the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq distinct from its predecessor. Hyundai has made every effort to make its Ioniq electric vehicle range look normal or average. The driving experience is anything but. Read our review here.
The best-selling Nissan Leaf features a 40kWh battery for 240km real world range, and was Australia’s second model available for a price starting below $50,000. It will be joined by the 62kWh Leaf e+ in 2021, but this nifty EV is available right now. It fits right in with everyday city driving, with all the modern comforts of a family vehicle plus zero emissions feelgood. Read our review here.
The Mini Cooper SE is the British brand’s first electric car in Australia, and is priced from $59,900 before on-road costs. The iconic brand says it has focussed on delivering the same dynamic Mini handling we’ve come to know and love. And while with its 180km or so real world range it is pitched as a city car, it is just as much fun in the country. Read our review here.
Hyundai’s Kona Electric with 64kWh battery and 400km real world range, will be available with a fresh new design in 2021. Although Hyundai has not yet announced pricing for the 2021 model, it will have the same specs as the version currently available in Australia. From weekend jaunts to the daily grind: the Hyundai Kona Electric does it all with ease: read our review here.
Now available in with a 2021 refresh including black door handles, more USB ports, redefined headlights and not least a highly efficient heat pump, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus is Tesla’s only vehicle in Australia that falls under the luxury car tax threshold. However its 423km real world driving range, ability to reach 100km/hr in 5.3 seconds and Tesla high-tech know-how still wows drivers. Read our review here.
Dynamic and chic, the i3 is BMW’s premium all-electric city car, with 260km real world range suitable for most everyday needs. The sports variant of BMW’s groundbreaking electric i3 series, the BMW i3s accelerates from 1 to 100km/hr in just 6.9 seconds. Read our review of the i3s here.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.