Australia is gradually gaining momentum with electric vehicles. Although there has been limited supply, their sales increased more than twice in 2021 to almost two percent of total new vehicle volume. More electric vehicles will arrive in the United States in 2022, and further increases are possible in Australia.
With high demand and long waiting times, even if your decision is not yet made, now might be the best time to begin thinking about the right electric Vehicle for you in Australia.
We have an update on electric vehicles currently available in Australia. Also, we will be adding new vehicles in continuation of electric cars in Australia. This article is the 2nd part on electric cars available in Australia.
- GWM Ora Good cat
- Nissan Leaf
- B.Y.D. Atto 4/Seal
- Renault Kangoo Maxi ZE
- Kia Niro II EV
- e-Deliver 9
- L.D.V. 60 Ute
- Mercedes Benz e-Vito & E.Q.V.
- Ford E-Transit
- Tesla Model S
- Mercedes-Benz EQE
- Mercedes-Benz E.Q.S.
GWM Ora Good cat
China leads the race in Australia to make E.V.s cheaper with promising new small cars. The GWM (Good Cat) (or Haomao as it is known in China) will be released in late 2022. Though the name may seem silly (though this could change for Australia), EV-only brand Ora expects pricing to be sub-$40,000. That should please EV-hungry buyers.
GWM’s L.E.M.O.N. enables the Ora Good Cat to be built. Platform and promises to prove to be a superior vehicle than the platform’s title suggests. The Toyota Corolla is a five-door hatchback that seats five and features five doors. It boasts a contemporary, big-screen dashboard design very similar to that of the Mercedes A-Class. This E.V. contrasts with the V.W. Beetle exterior.
Underneath, there is nothing wrong with the front-mounted electric motor of 126kW, which drives the front wheels. That can drive the motor between two battery packs, 47.8kWh or 62.4kWh. They have a range of approximately 336 km and 400 km, respectively.
Common 50kW D.C. public quick charger should give you 30 to 80% battery capacity in around 30 minutes. We are told that the G.T. version could also be in development, creating a low-price electric car warm-hatch competitor to the Cupra Born in Australia.
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Nissan’s groundbreaking Leaf, the first electric Vehicle in the World, debuted in 2010 and became history’s bestselling E.V. Tesla’s Model 3 follows. It then received a complete redesign in 2017.
Leaf II was still Corolla-sized and arrived in Australia in 2019. It received a significant battery boost of 40kWh to address previous short-range issues. That effectively doubled the capacity and gave rise to a slightly more powerful 110kW motor.
The steering has been improved to provide more precise handling. A high-resistance setting allows for Nissan to back off as if it were being braked. Instead of slowing down, it uses regenerative braking energy to charge the battery. There are many driver-assist safety features available, such as automatic emergency braking, imminent collision alerts, and surround-view cameras.
The standard home PowerPoint electric chargers can take Twenty hours to recharge fully. A 50kW D.C. fast charging charger only takes 45 minutes to get from 10 to 80 percent complete to a charge.
The Leaf e+ comes with an optional 55 percent bigger electric battery. This E.V. improves the range by 100km up to 385km. However, it takes approximately 50% longer to charge fully. The Leaf is still a comfortable, affordable, and easy-to-use electric Vehicle to drive in Australia. We are getting a minor facelift before the end of 2022.
B.Y.D. Atto 4/Seal
Chinese carmaker B.Y.D. is expected to launch its answer, the Tesla Model 3 or the Polestar 2, The Seal/Atto 4, early in 2023. But orders for Australian-market vehicles are expected from October this year.
The five-seat, four-door sports sedan with sleek styling is also available at a higher price, at about $50,000.
It has excellent interior space thanks to its long 2920mm wheelbase. However, at 4800mm long by nearly 1900mm in width, the B.Y.D. E.V. It is slightly longer than the Model 3.
The Atto 4/Seal will come with a single motor, 150kW, driving the rear wheels. There is also a dual-motor all-wheel drive version. The latter adds an electric motor mounted on the rear axle that is 230kW. It can sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds.
The B.Y.D. is one of the fastest electric vehicles in Australia. Atto 4 uses the company’s innovative new e-Platform3.0 modular architecture to match its cheaper competitors. The Atto 4 can offer a 700km range in its highest-battery versions.
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Renault Kangoo Maxi ZE
Kangoo E.V. has been designed for urban congestion and clean-air zones. Its 200km range means it is ideal as a short-haul workhorse. Renault is also commended for making it possible for the electric vehicles to be kitted out as per the standard petrol/diesel versions in Australia.
Although the French van’s range is only 130km, it is comfortable, stylish, and practical. The French van is quiet for a hollow box and quick to get to the destination. Megane hatch underpinnings also make the van steer, turn, ride, stop and go much like a car.
Only AC charging is allowed by the Kangoo. Charging times range from 17 to 11 hours for a household plug, 11 hours with an optional 7kW Wallbox, and 9.5 hours at more-common A.C. stations. The average charging time is about 30 km after 50 minutes.
Kangoo E.V. was made available internationally in 2011 and had no A.E.B. or other driver assistance systems. A.T.E.C.O. Automotive will import the Kangoo E-Tech next-generation, with increased range, D.C. charging capability, and significant safety advancements during 2023.
Kia Niro II EV
Here’s the second-generation Niro EV. This E.V. was just a year after it launched in Australia. But, it dates back to 2016. The redesigned Niro II EV is a twin to the Hyundai Kona. Under, with more space, utility, and an even larger rear cargo area (475 liters) and a 20-liter boot. The dash, which is user-friendly and stylish, is also light years ahead of its predecessor.
The Kia will continue to be available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and other variants. However, it does not employ the Hyundai Group’s highly acclaimed E-GMP E-EV architecture. Instead, it uses an updated version.
As before, the front wheels are driven by the 150kW electric engine. While the range increases slightly to 463km (an impressive feat), torque levels plummet by 140Km. However, acceleration levels remain the same.
To fully charge the battery of 64.8kWh, the Kia must first be plugged into a household socket for at most 33 hours. The optional 11kW Wall box will reduce this time to seven hours. While a 50kW D.C. public quick charger will take approximately 70 minutes, plugging it in will take only about 70 minutes.
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LDV e-Deliver 9
Ford E-Transit will not have the sizeable E.V. market by itself for long. Deliver nine is scheduled for late 2022. The popular L.D.V. of China delivery 9 gains the important ‘e prefix to ensure stiff competition. The sizes are likely to be medium- or long with Mid Roof and High Roof configurations. The 110kW/375Km 2.0L turbo-diesel powers the 3-seater e-Deliver 9. A 150kW electric motor replaces it.
You may have up to three different battery-pack options, with the largest allowing for 353 km of W.L.T.P. range. SAIC, owners of L.D.V. Brands, says it has developed battery-cooling technologies that extend the range. Speed limits are limited to 100 km/h. Depending on which variant you choose, the maximum payload ranges between 860kg and 1200kg for the largest battery. Cargo volume can vary from 9.66 to 11 cubic meters.
An optional 11kW Wall box for home/work can fully charge the largest batteries in about eight hours. With a D.C. fast charging charger, it takes 45 minutes to charge them up to 80 percent. The e-Deliver nine electric vehicles may be popular in Australia due to their low prices, high equipment, and decent safety gear.
L.D.V. 60 Ute
China may be the first to produce Australia’s electric dual-cab ute. The LDV EVT60 (or e-60), which is expected to arrive in 2023, is the current leader. Rivian and Tesla are not far behind.
A T60 Max double cab pick-up, weighing 1 ton, is heading for New Zealand thanks to the country’s zero-emissions vehicle rebate. The pick-up has the 110kW/360Nm Turbo-Diesel engine replaced for E.V. power.
L.D.V. is equipped with a rear-axle-mounted electric motor and an 88.5kWh rechargeable battery. It produces 130kW of power and 325km of WLTP-rated driving speed. Although no advanced, expensive,’ skateboard-style electric platforms like Rivian R1T are available, the main idea is to keep costs low.
Potential buyers will face several drawbacks:
- The lack of four-wheel driving.
- The rear-mounted electric motor can only drive one wheel.
- A lower towing capacity of 1000kg. That is significantly less than some mid-size trucks’ 3000kg and 3500kg.
- The range is reduced to just 160km.
A.T.E.C.O. Automotive may open the order book for L.D.V. Imports late in the year to prepare for the 2023 launch.
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Mercedes Benz e-Vito & E.Q.V.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has three E.V.s to launch this year – a first for this category of medium-sized vans. Based on the V-Class’s current V-Class (which dates back to 2014), the e-Vito Van ($80,000) and e-Vito Tourer (from about $100,000) represent the entry-level van and people-mover model, while the E.Q.V.($120,000) is a more-luxury version.
The e-Vito E.Q.V. Tourer and E.Q.V. have a 150kW electric motor and a 90kWh lithium battery pack. These power the front wheels. The E.Q.V. can travel up to 356 km, while the eVito is lighter at 361km.
It takes about 80 minutes for the 90kWh battery to be fully charged using a 50kW D.C. fast charger. The e-Vito commercial van has an 85kW electric engine and a 60kWh pack of batteries, which gives it a W.L.T.P. range of 242km. These are the priorities of this thinking: more affordable pricing and faster charging.
Mercedes-Benz engineers placed the electric engine up front. That drives the front wheels. The batteries are hidden beneath the cabin floor so they do not interfere with interior space. The people movers offer eight-person and more luxurious six-person seating options.
Australia’s first-ever large EV-van is the E-Transit. It is based on the Transit Heavy big-body and is initially only available in the rear-wheel-drive 425L long-wheelbase body style.
The Transit’s maximum power is 198kW. There’s also a 68kWh pack under the seat. That gives you up to 317km of range without compromising your carrying capacity.
The E-Transit has a redesigned rear suspension. This E.V. allows up to 11.3meterss of space in the middle roof and 12.4meterss in the high-roof model. This E.V. matches the Transit 350L RWD diesel equivalents. It has a gross vehicle mass of up 4250kg and a maximum payload weight of 1616kg.
E-Transit’s addition of the new suspension further enhances E-Transit’s attractiveness. It provides improved steering, handling, control, and ride comfort properties.
The Ford van is big and made in Turkey. It has both A.C. charging capability and D.C. fast-charging. If you find a 50kW public station, it can charge the battery to 82% in under an hour.
E-Transit has a range that is 2.5 times greater than the average daily van distance and a reduction of 40% in service costs. It should be a big hit.
Tesla Model S
Model S’s impact has profoundly shaped luxury and performance ever since its local launch in 2014. Continuously improving with new tech, including the Auto Pilot semiautonomous drive system (where permitted), the five-door lift back, which turns heads, also unties the E.V. from the urban tether.
In 2022, two models will offer more than 600km. Some Porsches may be embarrassed by the Scalextric-like handling and road holding. Electric motors in Model S drive both ends. A large (100kWh), 100mAh battery pack is required to provide such dynamic responses. Tesla’s Supercharging Network cuts these times down to between 30- and 75 minutes, depending on how much power is consumed.
The interior remains spacious and airy, with plenty of luggage space. It has undergone a complete redesign with a new dash, higher quality materials, and a quartic steering wheel that is jet fighter-style. The Model S shows the incredible potential and ease of electric vehicles ownership with stunning conviction in Australia.
That is where Mercedes-Benz begins its true electric revolution. The brand’s latest EVA2 electric underpinnings are coming to the EQE later this year. All other E.Q. models have modified combustion-engine platforms.
That is the ultimate in E.V. engineering. The EQE350 has a remarkable range of up to 660 km W.L.T.P. A 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides this fantastic range. You will find five-seater sedans that offer ample space.
Also, Mercedes’ large Hyper screen expanse has integrated screens similar in size to the flagship S-Class. This screen features AI-style tech, which learns user preferences. And all of it comes with simple interfaces. You can store 430L in the boot.
The EQE 350 has a rear-mounted 215kW electric engine driving the rear wheels. An optional front motor can also be used for all-wheel drive. You can add four-wheel steering to allow for tight urban maneuverability for a more comfortable ride.
The EQE fast-charging system is capable of 170kW D.C. charging. Find one, and you will be able to gain a 250 km range in as little as 15 minutes. A 10 – 8 percent refill takes 32 minutes.
Other models that are expected to be available include the 350kW/858Nm/EQE43 model and the 505kW/1000Nm/EQE53 model, capable of hitting 100 km/h in just 3 minutes flat.
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The EQS450+ rear drive comes with a 245kW rear-mounted electric motor. The EQS580 4Matic is next, adding a front motor that can be used for all-wheel drives and combined output power of 385kW. The flagship EQS53AMG, which can be ordered in either 560kW or 484kW grades, is also available. All models have a massive battery of 107.8kWh.
A 50kW D.C. fast charger will give you 80% reserve in about 100 minutes. If you have a 150kW+ ultrafast charger, it will take 30 minutes to charge the battery. If you have a Wall box of 7kW or 11kW, it will charge 100% in 18 and 12 hours, respectively. That is faster than the 55+hours required by a standard wall outlet.
Like Tesla’s E.Q.S., the 5.2 m long lift back E.Q.S. can take 610 liters, or 1770L, with the rear seats folded. Further forward, Mercedes’ famous Hyper screen is brought to the dash. It almost spans the entire width of the cabin. It’s the best immersive multimedia for now.
Semiautonomous technology is also available, as well over-the-air updates and remote parking via your phone. These features are just a few reasons E.Q.S.’s high pricing is so appealing.
Many new manufacturers are also ready to enter the E.V. market. Here in this list, we have listed the most popular and known manufacturers launching their electric vehicles in Australia and the World.