An Overview Of All EV’s Coming To Australia 2018/2019

While 2018 has been a super exciting year for EV’s overseas and especially in the USA with the Model 3, Australia has largely once again been ignored.

As we have no formal vehicle emission standards, no federal EV incentives and very, very minimal state based EV incentives it’s no surprise that most manufacturers aren’t exactly highly prioritising Australia for their new EV’s.

On top of all this Australia only has around 24 million people in it, so we’re not exactly a “huge market” or anything. That honour handily goes to China at the moment with their huge numbers of people all moving more and more into the middle class and wanting to buy cars.

As such, all major manufacturers are falling over themselves to partner with Chinese car companies and expand into that market, especially with highly demanded EV’s.

But while 2018 was a bit of a non-event for EV’s in Australia, 2019 is shaping up to be a spectacular breakthrough period. There are a good number of EV’s, all from different brands and all with very good specs either just getting released now or will be in 2019.

As such we thought we’d have a quick overview look at all of these cars seeing as it can get quite confusing with their releases, updates, delays and so on. We’ve broken these overviews down into two separate categories: over and under $70,000 AUD.

If you’d like to learn more about any of them, check out the individual car guide links at the top of the table.

Sub $70,000 EV Overview

The incredibly spartan Model 3 Interior – source: tesla.com

First up we have the “sub $70,000” contestants. These are some of the most exciting cars as they are finally breaking through into the “every man” field where your average consumer can actually go out and buy a moderately priced car that has good, solid specs on it.

While you could previously buy EV’s around these prices a few years ago, none of them really had spectacular real world range. For example the original Nissan LEAF only had about 120 km’s of range where as the new LEAF has over 240 km. You can even get a long range upgraded model that goes 360 km’s.

So check out the below table to see all of the current and soon to be released sub $70,000 AUD (base price) all electric cars!

Model 3
Full GuideHere!Here!Here!Here!Here!Here!
Base Price$49,490$49,253$50,000 (Estimated)$50,000 (Estimated)$55,000 (Estimated)$69,900
AvailableNowNow20192019Mid 2019Now
Electric Range403 km
200 km240 km
300 km345 km
260 km
0-100 km/h11.4 Sec9.9 Sec8.9 Sec7.9 Sec5.6 Sec6.9 Sec
Battery44 kWh28 kWh40 kWh40 kWh53 kWh42 kWh
Car TypeHatch
5 doors
5 seats
5 doors
5 seats
5 doors
5 seats
5 doors
5 seats
4 doors
5 seats
5 doors
4 seats

Over $70,000 EV Overview

One of the very luxurious I-PACE interior options

Next we have the slightly more expensive luxury cars. While you have been able to buy an expensive (and fantastic) EV through Tesla’s Model S or Model X for years now in Australia it’s fantastic to see some really great competition finally coming in.

Both Jaguar and Audi have gone back to the drawing board and built their new models from the ground up to be all electric and it shows. With very similar specs and prices to Tesla it can only be a good thing to have more competition in the market.

While Tesla is certainly making more EV’s now than ever, they can’t make all the cars in the world, so we also need as many manufacturers as possible on board. It’s also fantastic to have different manufacturers coming into the fold as it gives customer choice. Not everyone likes the stark, futuristic minimalism Tesla champions.

So check out the below table to see all of the current and soon to be released over $70,000 AUD (base price) all electric cars!

Model S
e-tron SUV
Model X
Full GuideHere!Here!Here!Here!
Base Price$117,900$119,000$120,000 (Estimated)$126,300
AvailableNowNowMid 2019Now
Electric Range490 km
480 km
~400 km417 km
0-100 km/h4.4 Sec4.8 Sec5.5 Sec5.2 Sec
Battery75 kWh90 kWh95 kWh75 kWh
Car TypeSedan
5 doors
5 seats
5 doors
5 seats
5 doors
5 seats
5 doors
5-7 seats

An Exciting Year To Come

The stunning Porsche Taycan

2019 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for EV’s in Australia. Beyond the above listed models there’s even more potential EV’s coming out too which we should hear more about. Amazing cars such as the Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT or Tesla Roadster 2 are all developing quickly and should greatly help push things forward.

On the sub $70,000 AUD base price side of things we should also start hearing more about VW’s huge new push into EV’s with their ID range of vehicles. The VW Golf is a very popular car in Australia (along with other VW models) so their ID Buzz variant will no doubt be a huge hit. Given their scale it’s likely to further push the starting prices of EV’s down even more which is always welcomed.

So which car are you looking forward to the most in 2019? Are you eagerly awaiting for your Model 3 to come in or wanting something else? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Alex says:

    Hi Jay,
    I didn’t include any of the other variant details for other cars as it becomes 100x more complicated having 2,3 or more different variants of each car crammed into such a small table. For example there’s the P100D variants for the Model S/X that I also didn’t include.

    All the info for those other variants is in the full guides for each of the cars but for this “quick overview” I just want to show the absolute base model / price / specs for each car so it’s a bit easier to compare!

  2. Stu says:

    Great article Alex, thank you. I can’t wait for a decent range of EV’s to be available. I am interested in the Audi e-tron but can’t work out what size it is as the photos are deceptive, any ideas as I currently have a Q 7 and am looking to switch it to EV.

  3. Alex says:

    Thanks Stu!
    Regarding measurement, check out the American Audi website as they list all the details:

    If you go down to the “Trims & FAQs” section and click the “View technical specifications” button and it’ll show you the dimensions :+1:

  4. I think the point Jay is making is that (according to the CarsGuide article) the 64kW version is the base model as far as Australia is concerned, i.e. the 40kW version won’t be released in Australia.

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