Electric Cars Available in Australia

Every Electric Car Available in Australia

Electric car sales in Australia experienced unprecedented growth in 2022.

As of February 2023, there are 41 different electric car models available in Australia from 20 different manufacturers.

What EVs are Available in Australia?

Below is a list of all the electric car models available in Australia from most affordable to most expensive (by the manufacturer's list price before on-road costs are applied).

NOTE: We've only listed the base variant for each model. Click through to see full specifications and other variants.

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Which Electric Cars are Coming to Australia in 2023?

Check out this piece we published on new electric car models arriving in 2023.

From the arrival of the MG 4 small hatchback, to the Volkswagen ID.4 family SUV and the Kia EV6 GT high performance crossover, 2023 is slated to be another record-breaking year for new brands and buyer choice.

What is the Cheapest Electric Car in Australia?

The MG ZS EV is the cheapest electric car available in Australia in 2023 (at the time of publication) โ€“ starting from $43,990 to $47,990 before on-road costs.

It provides up to 320km of claimed WLTP driving range, features a 360-degree camera, LED lights, and has V2L functionality.

๐Ÿ‘‰You can also check out this list: 5 Cheapest Electric Cars in Australia.

Silver MG ZS EV charging port with Tesla Model 3 behind

What Government Incentives Are Available for Electric Cars in Australia?

There are several government incentives available for electric vehicle purchases. The main ones include:

  • Federal Government Incentives: The Federal Government offers an FBT exemption for electric vehicles purchased lower than the luxury car tax (LCT).
  • State Government Incentives: Many states in Australia offer their own incentives for EV purchases, such as one-off rebates, stamp duty exemptions and free annual registration. Read this comprehensive state-by-state guide on EV incentives.

Government incentives are also available for businesses to electrify their fleet or install charging infrastructure.

๐Ÿ‘‰Learn more about electric car novated leases here.


How Long Do Electric Car Batteries Last?

The lifespan of an electric car battery depends on several factors such as the type of chemistry, usage, charging habits, and climate. On average, an electric car battery lasts between 10 to 20 years.

In Australia, most EV batteries are warranted for eight years/160,000km, demonstrating that car brands are confident their batteries will last at least this duration โ€“ otherwise a free replacement of modules may be offered.

๐Ÿ‘‰This guide covers in more detail everything you need to know about electric car battery life.


Are Electric Cars Better for the Environment?

Electric cars are generally better for the environment; however, the extent of the benefit depends on the source of energy used to power them, and the battery chemistry and material supply chain.

If the electricity comes directly from a solar system or is charged from the grid when there is plenty of sunshine and wind, the benefit can be significant.

If, however, it is charged from the grid when there is very little renewable energy generation, the benefit is marginal.

๐Ÿ‘‰In this guide, we examine in more detail the life cycle carbon emissions of an electric car versus a petrol equivalent.


How Long Do Electric Cars Take to Charge?

The time it takes to charge an electric car depends on several factors such as the battery size, the EV's charging capabilities (max power input) and battery management system, and the charging station's speed (max power output).

Using a level 1 AC charging station (standard power point) it can take anywhere from 20 to 30 hours to fully charge the battery of an electric car with an 'average' range (~400km).

On the other hand, using a level 2 AC charging station (dedicated wall charger), charge time will reduce to between 5 to 10 hours.

Fast charging with a level 3 DC fast public charging station can recharge an electric car's battery to 80 per cent in 20 to 60 minutes, and 100 per cent in under an hour or more depending on the vehicle and the charging station.


Can Electric Cars Tow?

Yes, electric cars can tow โ€“ but the amount (and the distance) depends on several factors such as the rated towing capacity, payload and driving range.

Some electric cars are rated to tow the weight of a small caravan, while others may not be suitable for towing at all.

It is recommended to check the manufacturer's official specifications and guidelines for towing capacity before attempting to tow with an electric vehicle โ€“ and be aware that there'll be a significant hit to range.

๐Ÿ‘‰We cover this topic more extensively in our electric car towing guide.


Do Electric Cars Need Servicing?

All electric cars require routine servicing; however, some carmakers don't demand scheduled logbook services. You can compare the frequency of costs across different models here.

The key items of an electric car that require maintenance from time-to-time include: brake fluid, coolant, air filters, tyres, and brake pads.

๐Ÿ‘‰We cover this more extensively in the following guide: Do electric cars need servicing?

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