A full list of Electric Cars (EVs and PHEVs) available or coming to Australia

2018 looks to be the year that the Australian market gets serious about EVs, with more electric vehicles available than ever.

These include new Hyundai IONIQ, the new BMW i3s, and the Jaguar I-Pace. Each of which bring something new and exciting to Australia’s range of EV options.

Electric Cars & Hybrids Available in Australia

For those who look at buying electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, the electric and hybrid vehicle market in Australia, is broadening in scope. While once, there were only a handful of hybrid vehicles and even fewer full electric vehicles available to Australian buyers, the landscape for buyers in 2018 and beyond is much more positive.

Here’s a list of full electric and hybrid consumer cars currently available – or we think or know are incoming to – the Australian market.

MakeModelYearVariantPowerBattery CapacityTypical Electric Range
Audietron SUVtbce-tron hybridBattery95 kWh est500 km
AudiA32017 - tbc for Australiae-tron hybridPHEV8.8 kWh940 km (combined)
50 km (electric range only)
AudiA32014e-tron hybridPHEV8.8 kWh940 km (combined)
50 km (electric range only)
BMWi32013pre-facelift 60ahBattery22 kwh~130-150 km on battery
+ ~100 km from petrol REX
BMWi32017facelift 94ahBattery33 kwh~190-210km on battery
+ ~100 km from petrol REX
BMWi3s2017i3s 94ahBattery33 kwh~190-210 km on battery
+ ~100 km from petrol REX
BMWi82013CoupePHEV7.1 kWh (5.2 kWh usable)500-600 km (combined)
24-37 km (electric range only)
BMW330e2016HybridPHEV7.6 kWh30 km+(electric range only)
BMWX52016xDrive40ePHEV9 kWh~31 km (electric range only)
HoldenVolt2014Single Variant only?PHEV16.5 kWh87 km (electric range only)
HondaUrban EVtbcConceptBatteryN/AN/A
HyundaiIoniq2018Single Variant onlyPHEV8.9 kWh~50 km (electric range only)
HyundaiIoniq2018Single Variant onlyBattery28 kWh~200 km
HyundaiKonatbcEntry Level EV
Flagship EV
Battery39.2 kWh - 64 kWh300 km - 470 km
JaguarI-Pace2018I-Pace S
I-Pace SE
I-Pace HSE
Battery90 kWh480 km
KiaNirotbcSingle Variant onlyBattery64 kWh383 km
Mercedes-BenzGLE2016500e Plug-in HybridPHEV8.7 kWh~30 km (electric range only)
Mercedes-BenzC-Class2015C350ePHEV6.38 kWh31 km(electric range only)
MiniMini CoopertbcConceptBatteryN/AN/A
Mitsubishii MiEV2010Single Variant onlyBattery16 kWh100 km
MitsubishiOutlander PHEV2013HybridPHEV12 kWh50 km (electric range only)
NissanLeaf 1.02010Single Variant onlyBattery24 kWh117km - 135km (EPA Range)
NissanLeaf 2.02018Single Variant
multiple trims
Battery40 kWh - 60 kWh240 km (EPA Range 40 kWh model)
360 km (estimated range of 60 kWh model)
PorscheMission EtbcConceptBatteryN/A~500 km+
PorscheCayenne2015S e-HybridPHEV9.4 kWh18-36 km (electric range only)
PorschePanamera20184 e-HybridPHEV14.1 kWh50 km (electric range only)
PorschePanamera2017e-HybridPHEV14.1 kWh50 km (electric range only)
Range RoverSport PHEV2018P400e PHEVPHEV13.1 kWh51 km (electric range only)
RenaultZoe2017R90 motorBattery44 kWh
(41 kWh usable)
An NEDC range of 403 km, and estimated real world range of 300 km in summer and 200 km in winter
RenaultZoe2018R110 motorBattery44 kWh
(41 kWh usable)
RenaultKangoo Z.E.20112011 EV VanBattery22 kWh170 km
TeslaModel X2015-75D
Battery75kWh - 100kWh75D, 75 AWD: 417 km
90D: 414 km
P90D: 404 km
100D: 565 km
P100D: 542 km
TeslaModel S2014 (pre-facelift)75
TeslaModel S2016 (facelift)65, 75
90, 90D
Battery75kWh - 100kWhExamples:
75D: 490 km (NEDC Range)
100D: 632 km (NEDC Range)
P100D: 613 km (NEDC Range)
TeslaRoadster 2.0tbcN/ABattery200 kWh1,000 km (EPA Range)
TeslaRoadster 1.02013Sport 2.5Battery53kWh394 km
TeslaModel 32017Standard
Long Range
Battery50 kWh - 74 kWhStandard: 350 km
Long Range: 500 km
VolvoXC902017T8 Hybrid SUVPHEV9.2 kWh30 km (electric range only)

Expect it to grow exponentially in the coming years as the Australian electric vehicle momentum continues to build. For a visual guide of electric car ranges and average annual charging costs, check this graphic.

This list is in alphabetical order and accurate as of April 2018 – but if you have any suggestions to make it better or for corrections, please let us know in the Drive Zero Community.

But how did Australia get here? A brief timeline on electric vehicle progress:

1837 – Early electric locomotives developed in Scotland, United Kingdom.

Mid 20th Century – Internal combustion engines overtake electric motors as the more practical, more cost-effective choice.

1985 – The Sinclair C5 electric ‘vehicle’ is released, but it is not a long-term success.

1990s – Manufacturers such as Toyota and Ford release electric vehicles.

2003 – 2004 – Renault and Toyota begin releasing the first commercially available hybrid cars. The Renault Z.E. range and Toyota’s Prius, represent the vanguard of the hybrid movement.

2008 –The Tesla Roadster is released. The beginning of a product range which will revolutionise electric vehicles across all global markets.

The idea of public charging points for EVs across Australia is mooted.

2015 – Free charging points begin to appear in Western Australia, as the “Electric Highway” starts to take shape.

2016 – Production begins on Tomcar, Australia’s first natively developed and engineered electric car.

2018 – Australian launches next gen electric vehicles from Hyundai, BMW and Jaguar, among others.

2020 – Projected launch date for the next-gen Tesla Roadster 2. Expected to achieve a speed of 0 to 96.56 km/h (60 mph) in 1.9 seconds.

Keith enjoys nerding out about Electric Vehicles, owning a BMW i3, Tesla Model X and now, running Drive Zero .