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- Australia is getting closer to an emissions regulations plan that will further incentivise EVs
- A national charging network is being built around Australia
- Family-sized EVs are slowly becoming more affordable
If you're looking to make the leap into an electric car, this is your guide to every EV launching in Australia this year – and beyond.
For now, it's true that most electric options in the new-car market are still markedly more expensive than their conventional combustion-engined counterparts.
Of course, the argument is often made that EVs can reduce longer-term costs through cheaper and potentially free recharging, along with lower maintenance and parts costs.
In fact, we have a story on that topic here, crunching the numbers on the cost of EV ownership versus owning a regular car.
Whatever your perspective...
This evolving article is where you'll find every new EV available in Australia, and all of those on the way.
Indeed, the electric vehicle race has well and truly started in Australia. It had a slow start, with minimal incentives pushing supply towards more EV-friendly regions in recent years.
And that's just what's coming – the article promoted below, Australia's Best Electric Cars for 2023, will tell you which currently available EVs should be at the top of your list.
So, what's coming?
Over 30 new or updated EVs are due in Australia over the next two years – and more are being announced almost weekly.
Traditional carmakers including Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota are paying strong attention to the EV rush, but there are plenty of newcomers – from the now well-established Tesla to the the revived MG brand and the increasingly popular BYD, along with GWM, LDV, and many others.
Here's your guide on what to expect in 2023.
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- Audi Q8 E-Tron
- BMW i5
- BMW iX1
- BYD Dolphin
- BYD Seal (Atto 4)
- Cupra Born (on sale now)
- Fiat 500e
- Ford E-Transit
- Ford Mustang Mach-E
- GWM Ora
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
- Hyundai Kona Electric
- JAC T9 electric
- Jeep Recon
- Jeep Wagoneer S
- Lexus RZ
- Maserati GranTurismo Folgore
- Maserati Grecale Folgore
- Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
- Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
- MG 4
- Peugeot E-2008
- Peugeot E-Partner
- Polestar 2 update
- Polestar 3
- Polestar 4
- Porsche Macan EV
- Skoda Enyaq
- Subaru Solterra
- Toyota BZ4x
- Volkswagen ID.3
- Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5
- Volvo EX30
- Volvo EX90
- Volvo XC40, C40 updates
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Okay, now, what's coming to Australia?
NOTE: This list will be updated frequently to add newly-confirmed EVs and remove models that have recently gone on sale locally.
To see all the new cars coming to Australia, check out our 2023 New Car Calendar story right here.
Audi Q8 E-Tron
The original Audi E-Tron has received a mid-life update… and a new name.
Now dubbed Q8 E-Tron, the refreshed electric SUV brings a lightly restyled exterior and interior, an increased driving range of up to 600 kilometres, and a 106kWh battery pack on flagship variants.
It will arrive in Australia in the second half of 2023, with more specific timing to be announced closer to launch.
The BMW i5 badge has been anticipated for over a decade now, but it's finally on the way.
BMW revealed the new i5 in late May, 2023, and confirmed Australian details at the same time. BMW claims the i5 will reach our shores in late 2023.
BMW has officially taken the covers off the all-new iX1 small SUV, ahead of its local arrival in the first quarter of 2023.
The iX1 will be available in a sole, dual-motor xDrive30 variant, producing 200kW of power and 494Nm of torque, with an additional 30kW available in ‘boost’ mode.
BMW claims the all-wheel-drive iX1 xDrive30 will complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.7 seconds, with a 180km/h top speed.
Local pricing and features for the 2023 BMW iX1 have been announced, with the electric small SUV priced from $82,900 before on-road costs.
BYD is set to release two models alongside its Atto 3 SUV in Australia, with the Dolphin being a small hatchback comparable to the Toyota Yaris.
It is expected to be one of the cheapest electric vehicles on offer in Australia, with a potential price range between $35,000 and $45,000.
There are two battery configurations overseas: the base 30.72kWh producing 70kW/180Nm and the larger 44.93kWh vehicle making 130kW/290Nm.
BYD Seal (Atto 4)
The BYD Seal sedan is expected to arrive in Australia in late 2023.
It is available in China with three powertrain configurations. The entry-level Seal has a 150kW electric motor at the rear, a 61.4kWh battery, and a CLTC-rated 380-kilometre driving range.
The long-range version utilises the same battery, paired with a more powerful 230kW rear electric motor. The flagship model is a 390kW dual motor, all-wheel-drive version with a larger 82.5kWh battery.
Volkswagen’s Spanish Cupra brand is entering the Australian market with a range of vehicles, including its 2023 Born electric hatchback.
Cupra Australia has confirmed it will offer the flagship 77kWh version, with a WLTP-rated driving range of around 540 kilometres.
A strong list of standard equipment is included, while an optional Performance Package reduces the range to 475 kilometres – but gains adaptive dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
The standard Born has five seats, but opting for either option package reduces the seating capacity to four.
The all-electric Cupra Tavascan is the brand’s largest SUV, for now. It’s expected in Australia in 2025.
It is underpinned by the VW Group’s MEB electric architecture shared with the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq, but it is slightly larger than the VW ID.4. The Tavascan has a WLTP-rated 549-kilometre driving range.
Inside, the Tavascan features bucket-style sports seats, a 5.3-inch digital display, a Sennheiser 12-speaker audio system, matrix LED headlights, and an electric tailgate.
The all-new Fiat 500e electric city car is priced at $52,500 before on-road costs.
Only one flagship 'La Prima' variant in a three-door hatchback body style will be offered at launch when it lands in July.
The Italian-made compact EV has the largest available 37.3kWh usable battery, which delivers around 315 kilometres of driving range.
The spicier Abarth 500e electric hot hatch will arrive in late 2023.
A fully-electric version of Ford's iconic Transit van, the 2023 E-Transit, is due to arrive in Australia imminently.
Under the skin is a 68kWh battery, which powers the E-Transit's 198kW and 430Nm electric motor, making it the most powerful Transit in Australia.
It is hoped its 317-kilometre driving range will suit most urban commercial businesses.
Featuring both AC and DC charging, the E-Transit's 11.3 kW on-board charger can deliver a 100 per cent charge in up to 8.2 hours – while a 15 to 80 per cent state of charge is achievable in 34 minutes when utilising 115kW DC fast charging.
It will be joined by the smaller E-Transit Custom in 2024.
The cargo van features a 400-volt system with a 74-kWh battery pack, which shares its 81.2Ah pouch cells with the larger American-market F-150 Lightning.
The battery enables a WLTP-rated driving range of 380 kilometres.
Australian-spec E-Transit Custom models will have a single 160kW/415Nm motor driving the rear wheels.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The secret is out: Ford’s first all-electric SUV is bound for our roads at last.
Ford Australia has confirmed the mid-size Mustang Mach-E – a rival to the Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen ID.4 – will arrive in local showrooms “from later this year (2023).”
The local Mach-E line-up – sourced from Mexico – will kick off with the entry-level Select grade, followed by the mid-spec Premium and the flagship GT performance variant.
It is tipped to start from around $70- to $75,000 before on-road costs for the single-motor Select rear-wheel-drive, rising to approximately $100,000 to $110,000 plus on-roads for the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive GT – similar to the Tesla Model Y and Kia EV6.
Ford, for its part, has offered no comment on pricing.
Ora is the name of Great Wall Motors' (GWM) EV sub-brand; however, the brand's local 'One GWM' strategy means it will be a nameplate, not a separate brand.
As part of an effort to expand its portfolio beyond its eponymous utes and Haval SUVs – and now Tank off-roaders – GWM will launch its first all-electric vehicle in April.
The electric Volkswagen Beetle-inspired Ora is priced from $43,990 before on-road costs – in line with the MG ZS EV as the nation's cheapest electric vehicle.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Hyundai has confirmed that its proliferating high-performance N brand will make its electric debut in 2023 with a range-topping and pumped-up version of the Ioniq 5 – and it’s coming to Australia.
As we move closer to the big debut of the hero model, we've put together a pair of renderings that dig into its potential styling.
We're expecting a fairly muscly appearance, although – like the Audi RS E-Tron GT – any sort of panel widening beyond bolt-on flares is looking unlikely. Instead, buyers should expect a lower ride height, bigger and wider wheels (under those added flares), and a unique bumper design at both ends.
Huge brakes will, of course, stand out behind those slim spokes, and battery cooling intakes will be an obvious addition.
Hyundai Kona Electric
The next-generation 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric will arrive in Australia later this year.
The entire range was developed around the battery-electric variant, with design elements taken from the Ioniq range.
Playing flagship, the electric Kona will probably arrive in Australia with similar tweaks to the second-generation Kia Niro, meaning less torque from a single electric motor – now 150kW/255Nm – potentially for improved driving range.
JAC T9 electric
Chinese carmaker JAC Motors will launch an electric vehicle in Australia in the second quarter of 2024.
While the electric T9 has yet to be detailed, it is likely to compete head-to-head with its only rival, the LDV eT60.
It will be imported by third-party distributor BLK Auto, with the NSW and Queensland-based company presently trialling JAC’s electric N55 truck. It aims to establish a “comprehensive dealer network” in Australia and New Zealand, including an office in Auckland.
The Jeep Recon electric SUV shares familiarity with the rugged Wrangler, with the brand promising "true trail-rated capability".
Highlights include a one-touch rooftop, removable doors and glass, a traction management system, e-locker axle technology, under-body protection, tow hooks, and off-road tyres.
Like the Wrangler, a spare wheel mounted on the tailgate will feature, while the iconic seven-slot grille is closed-off and illuminated.
Local arrival timing for the Jeep Recon is currently unclear.
Jeep Wagoneer S
Jeep’s new Wagoneer sub-brand will gain its first electric model, with a new model codenamed Wagoneer S.
The marque claims the ‘S’ stands for “speed, striking and sexy”, featuring a 447kW dual-motor drivetrain, a 0-97km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds, and a claimed 644-kilometre driving range.
Design elements include its coupe SUV shape, slim front end, and large rear wing for aerodynamics.
Local arrival timing for the Jeep Wagoneer S is currently unclear.
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The 2024 Kia EV9 rides on the Hyundai-Kia Group's dedicated E-GMP electric vehicle architecture, as found underneath the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60.
It will be heavily related to the Hyundai Ioniq 7, which is also expected to debut later this year.
Buyers can choose from a seven- or six-seat layout, with captain's chairs in the second row for the latter. It rides on a 3100mm wheelbase and has a 5010mm overall length.
The Kia EV9 will be offered in single-motor rear-wheel (RWD) and dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, with the flagship GT-Line AWD offering a 0-100km/h time of 6.0 seconds and a soon-to-be-available torque boost to 700Nm. A more-powerful EV9 GT will follow in 2025.
Kia Australia has confirmed the seven-seat large electric SUV will arrive here in the second half of 2023. Further details, including pricing and features, will be revealed closer to launch.
The 2023 Lexus RZ450e electric vehicle is priced from $123,000 before on-road costs.
Two variants – Luxury and Sports Luxury – are available, with both powered by a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery unit that produces 230 kW of power and delivers a claimed driving range of 470 kilometres.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore
Riding on an all-new platform, the second-generation 2023 Maserati GranTurismo gains a fully electric variant.
The all-electric Folgore – Italian for Lightning – is the most forward-thinking GranTurismo, producing a combined 610kW from three 300kW electric motors, with a 0-100km/h claimed time of 2.7 seconds.
It is equipped with a 92.5kWh battery and an 800-volt architecture, with the ability to charge up to 100 kilometres of claimed driving range in just five minutes.
Maserati, however, has made no claims regarding its overall driving range.
The 2024 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore is expected in Australia next year.
Maserati Grecale Folgore
The 2024 Maserati Grecale Folgore is the pure-electric version of the company’s new mid-size SUV.
It is fitted with a 105kWh lithium-ion battery, a 400-volt electrical system, and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system producing over 373kW and 800Nm.
Maserati's first all-electric offering should arrive in Australia later this year, with full pricing and features to be announced closer to its arrival.
Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is the eighth model in the brand's 'EQ' electric vehicle family, following the larger EQS SUV unveiled in early 2022.
Whereas the upper-large seven-seat EQS SUV is the high-riding version of the EQS flagship sedan, the large five-seat EQE SUV is a taller version of the EQE sedan – and an electric alternative to the GLE large SUV.
In Australia, the EQE SUV will be initially offered in three forms: the EQE 300 RWD, EQE 500 4Matic, and the AMG EQE 53 4Matic+.
It will arrive in local showrooms in mid-2023.
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV rides on the same platform as its five-door liftback counterpart, but it gains an extra 20 centimetres in height for optimal ground clearance on light terrain.
Just like the EQS sedan, three grades of the SUV will be available at launch – the rear-wheel-drive EQS 450+ (265kW/568Nm), all-wheel-drive EQS 450 (265kW/800Nm), and the flagship EQS 580 (400kW/858Nm), all of which are powered by the same 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery.
It will launch in Australia later this year.
The highly anticipated MG 4 electric hatch is now available to pre-order before its mid-year launch.
The flagship Long Range Essence is priced at $47,990 before on-road costs, with cheaper standard and long range variants to follow soon after.
Under the skin, the Long Range features a 61.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a more powerful 150kW/250Nm rear-mounted electric motor. It has a WLTP-rated 435-kilometre driving range, with a 14.2kWh/100km efficiency figure.
The flagship variant gains 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, a roof spoiler, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert over lower-spec cars.
The Peugeot E-2008 will be priced at $59,990 before on-road costs when it arrives between July and September.
This places the electric small SUV in line with the Hyundai Kona Electric Standard Range Highlander ($58,000 plus on-roads), and the more powerful and longer-range Cupra Born ($59,990) and Tesla Model 3 RWD ($60,990)
The 2023 Peugeot E-Partner small commercial van will be the brand's first electric vehicle offering, in long-wheelbase form only.
It will arrive in Australia before July from $59,990 before on-roads.
Polestar 2 update
As with its related Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge twins, the updated 2024 Polestar 2 will shift from front- to rear-wheel-drive, as part of its model-year revision.
It also receives a minor facelift for greater familiarity with the forthcoming Polestar 3 electric SUV, a much-needed standard equipment boost, performance boosts, and improved driving range.
The updated range is headlined by the mid-spec long-range, single-motor variant, which now boasts a WLTP-rated 635-kilometre driving range with the fitment of a larger 82kWh lithium-ion battery.
The large five-seat Polestar 3 will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2024.
It will launch in a single dual-motor long-range drive and 111kWh battery specification, but we’ll likely see more affordable options at some point – likely in the form of single-motor standard and single-motor long-range variants.
The 2024 Polestar 4 electric coupe SUV – positioned between the 2 and 3 “in terms of size and price" – will arrive in Australia early next year.
It is based on parent company Geely’s all-new Sustainable Experience Architecture electric vehicle platform.
In the United States, it will be priced from approximately US$60,000 (AU$90,000), suggesting a starting price of around $100,000 before on-road costs in Australia.
The Dual Motor Long Range Performance variant is capable of a 3.8-second 0-100km/h sprint, with a 400kW and 686Nm maximum power output. All Polestar 4s support 200kW DC fast and 22kW AC home charging.
Porsche Macan EV
The electric Porsche Macan will be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture shared with the upcoming Audi A6 E-Tron and Q6 E-Tron.
It will be sold alongside an updated version of the current petrol Macan, before eventually transitioning to an electric-only offering.
The electric Macan will take its design cues from the Taycan, with a slender headlight design and a streamlined rear lightbar design.
It is expected to launch in 2024, following a software-related 12-month delay.
Skoda has confirmed it is bringing its Enyaq iV electric SUV to Australia in both wagon and coupe form.
It was hoped the Enyaq would arrive Down Under last year, but according to the Czech marque’s local arm, it will now be available for order from the second half of 2023.
Although it’s not yet known which Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupe iV variants could come here, in the UK it is offered in five guises – starting from the entry-level Enyaq 60 producing 132kW/310Nm and a maximum driving range of 507km for around $60,000 before on-road costs, and topping out with the Enyaq 80X Sportline capable of 150kW/310Nm, able to travel 684km and priced at $87,500 excluding on-road costs.
Subaru's first electric vehicle is bound for Australia this year.
It is expected to be exclusively offered in dual-motor, all-wheel-drive form, in line with Subaru's AWD-only market strategy – excluding the BRZ sports car.
"We are excited to confirm Subaru Australia will continue its electrification journey with the introduction of our first battery-electric vehicle, the Solterra, in 2023," said Blair Read, managing director of Subaru Australia.
After leading the way with hybrid and hydrogen vehicles, Toyota took a long time to join the BEV party, but it's about to do so with a Kluger-sized model built on a bespoke e-TNGA EV platform developed with Subaru.
Toyota claims a 0-100km/h time of 8.4 seconds for the FWD version and 7.7 seconds for the AWD.
Both versions will pack a 71.4kWh battery system, with 500km and 460km ranges for the FWD and AWD variants, respectively.
First revealed in 2019, the Volkswagen ID.3 – an electric Golf-sized small hatch – will arrive in Australia by the end of 2024.
This means it will launch after the larger ID.4 and ID.5 medium SUVs, which are expected to be more popular despite a higher price.
It is also a twin to the Cupra Born available here in a single flagship grade.
Volkswagen expects the ID.3 to be priced under $60,000 “in order to maximise national and state-based electric vehicle incentives,” but just how far under is unclear.
Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the ID.4 medium SUV and its ID.5 coupe SUV twin will arrive here in the first half of 2024.
A more precise date will be announced closer to the time, but production isn't scheduled to commence until early next year – suggesting the launch won't occur until closer to mid-2024.
The confirmation is a long time coming for the local distributor, which has previously criticised the previous Australian Government for its lack of an electric-vehicle strategy.
In November 2022, VW Australia passenger vehicles director Michal Szaniecki said the ID.4 had a “target pricing similar to [Volkswagen’s] most in-demand SUV, the Tiguan 162TSI R-Line,” suggesting a rough starting point of around $58,000 before on-road costs.
Volvo has teased an as-yet unseen compact SUV, likely badged EX30.
In a teaser video seen during the EX90's reveal, the Swedish company provided a glimpse of its next all-electric vehicle, which will assist the brand in achieving its plan for a 100 per cent electric line-up by 2026 in Australia, and 2030 globally.
At this stage, it’s hard to make out many details, but the smaller LED tail-lights share a distinct resemblance with the EX90.
Expect more details on the 2024 Volvo EX30 in the coming months, ahead of its Australian launch in 2024.
The Volvo EX90 electric SUV, to be sold alongside the current XC90, is expected to arrive in Australia in late 2024.
Previously expected to wear eXC90 or Embla badging, the Swedish luxury marque, owned by China’s Geely, has now confirmed its latest flagship SUV will be called EX90 and offer full self-driving technology.
Volvo has announced new active safety features debuting on the all-electric crossover – and fitted as standard – will include LiDAR sensors and an in-car driver monitoring camera.
It will also include bi-directional charging, with vehicle-to-load (V2L) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
Volvo XC40, C40 updates
Volvo has improved the driving range and charging time for model-year 2024, while the entry-level, single-motor variants have shifted to a rear-wheel-drive setup.
The revised small SUV twins will arrive in Australia towards the end of the year, with price rises between $4000 and $6500. Full details here.
This list contains electric vehicles that are confirmed for Australia, but have yet to be unveiled or aren't expected in the next 24 months, or battery-powered vehicles that are looking likely, despite no local confirmation.
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- BMW iX2: coupe-sibling to iX1 due next year
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- Chery Omoda 5 EV: due 2024
- Hyundai Ioniq 7: set to debut in late 2023
- Mazda EV: first electric vehicle on dedicated platform expected in 2025
- Mini Cooper Electric: next-generation EV hatch due in 2024
- Nissan Ariya: unconfirmed, but expected in 2024
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