With the major global car markets sending a clear signal that the future of cars is green and electric, Australia still lags a little when it comes to the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads. However, 2020 has seen several new electric cars launched in Australia and its charging infrastructure is being ramped up. We’re here to introduce you to some of the best electric cars available in Australia.
An all-electric version of the popular Hyundai Ioniq hatchback, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric was the first car to offer the choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full-electric powertrains. Launched in 2017, the Ioniq has not compromised on features, safety tech and autonomous functions. The 2020 model has electronic climate control, smart cruise control, keyless entry and a touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Hyundai Ioniq offers responsive steering and a smooth and comfortable drive.
Considered the EV market’s more affordable option, the Hyundai Kona Electric is Australia’s first fully electric SUV. The car provides a powerful performance from its 150 kW electric motor that can dash to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. Having debuted in 2019, this electric vehicle offers a great driving range and can go up to 450 km on a single battery charge.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
An electric SUV carrying the Mustang name has a lot to live up to but the Ford Electric Mustang Mach-E 2021 model is confident in providing excellent driving performance and competitive pricing. With an estimated driving range of 450 km, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is fitted with modern features and Ford’s next-generation cutting-edge infotainment system. This five-door electric crossover SUV is available with a wide array of driver-assistance technology and allows for maximum cargo and passenger space.
The first electric car available in Australia, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, launched more than a decade ago in 2009 and left showrooms by 2014. A forerunner in the electric vehicle segment, the world’s first mass-produced electric car can travel around 140 to 160 km on a single charge at a maximum speed of 130 km/h.
The all-electric BMW i3 launched in Australia in 2014. This 5-seater hatchback is powered by a 33 kWh battery and has a driving range of up to 280 km. It offers excellent safety features, great handling and a fun drive. The sports model, BMW i3s, can go from 0–100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.
Toyota was a little slow to adopt electric vehicles into its line-up and to enter the EV market. Instead, Toyota has focused on hybrid vehicles with great success. But the first Toyota electric car is all set to launch in 2021 with the Toyota BZ (Beyond Zero) model. The electric SUV will be co-developed in a fresh joint-venture partnership with Subaru. This is the first in a planned rollout of six electric vehicles, as the company responds to global demand.
Demand for electric vehicles in Australia is growing by the year. If you’re ready to start the journey to an emission-free drive, you can browse some of the best electric cars on Gumtree Australia.