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What Electric Cars Are Coming to Australia in 2023?

As the year comes to a close, 2022 looks to be another stellar year for electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia; with a flurry of new model arrivals, newly introduced government incentives, and the continued rollout of more public charging infrastructure.

But, what electric car models are coming to Australia in 2023?

From the MG 4, to the Volkswagen ID.4 and the LDV eT60, we outline all the new electric cars set to be released Down Under here.

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Audi

Audi e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT

  • Large sedan
  • Competes with: Tesla Model S
  • Expected: Q4 2022

Adding to the Audi e-Tron wagon, coupe SUV and Sportback, the e-tron GT will top the model range as the hero performance variant in late 2022.

Available in two variants, the e-tron GT pricing starts at $181,700 before on-road costs, and the RS e-tron GT kicks off at $249,700 before on-road costs.

The Audi e-Tron GT shares the same ‘J1’ underpinnings as the Porsche Taycan, it can deliver 440kW/830Nm for a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.3 seconds on the zestier RS e-Tron GT variant. It also has a launch control function.

Both electric grand tourer models house an 85kWh battery pack (usable) good for up to 488km of range (WLTP) on the ‘standard’ e-Tron GT variant, with 270kW DC fast charging capabilities and a drag coefficient of 0.24.

BMW

BMW i7 sedan

BMW i7

  • Large sedan
  • Competes with: Tesla Model S, Audi e-tron GT
  • Expected: Q4 2022

The i7 will be the 'hero' model in BMW's electric car lineup. It shares the same ICE-based platform as the new seventh-generation BMW 7 Series. The i7 is set to launch with one drivetrain (xDrive60) and three trim packages - priced from $297,900 plus on-road costs.

The BMW i7 xDrive60 has a dual motor all-wheel drive powertrain delivering 400kW/745Nm to claim a 4.7 second 0-100km/h time. The 106kWh battery provides up to 625km of range (WLTP) and 195kW DC fast charging and 22kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

BMW iX1

  • Small SUV
  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz EQA, Tesla Model Y, Volvo XC40
  • Expected: Q1 2023

The BMW iX1 will be the smallest model in BMW's electric SUV lineup. It shares the same ICE-based platform as the latest BMW X1. The iX1 is set to launch with one drivetrain (xDrive30) and two trims – xLine and M Sport – priced from $82,900 before on-road costs respectively.

The iX1 xDrive30 has dual electric motors delivering 230kW/494Nm to claim a 5.6 second 0-100km/h time. The 65 kWh battery provides up to 440km of range (WLTP) and 130kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

BYD

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BYD Seal

  • Medium sedan
  • Competes with: Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2
  • Expected Q1 2023

The BYD Seal is expected to 'hero' car in BYD's all-electric lineup, competing directly against the popular Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, and the pricier BMW i4.

Dubbed the BYD Seal in its home market, it’s expected to be more affordable than the Model 3s price at around $60,000.

Based on the Ocean-X concept, the small sedan will have a performance edge. It’s available in three powertrain configurations and four variants in China, with single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive options.

The quickest model offers a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.8 seconds, while the mid-spec model features up to 700km of claimed range from its LFP-based BYD Blade Battery under China’s lenient testing cycle.

The BYD electric car also sits on the same third-generation EV platform as the BYD Atto 3.

BYD EA1/Dolphin

  • Small car
  • Competes with: Nissan Leaf, MG4
  • Expected Q1 2023

Next in line is BYD’s Nissan Leaf, Cupra Born and MG4 rivalling small EV hatchback. It’s called the BYD Dolphin in China, but may ditch its nautical name when it lands in Australia.

The distributor is aiming to open the pre-order books in December 2022 for first deliveries by June 2023. It’s expected to have an affordable price tag of around $40,000.

While local specifications are yet-to-be announced, the BYD hatch is based on the same dedicated e-Platform 3.0 with two LFP Blade Battery sizes offered in China.

Only the bigger battery pack is expected to be offered in Australia, which is good for up to 405km of claimed range on the unrealistic NEDC cycle.

Cupra

Cupra Born

Cupra Born

  • Small car
  • Competes with: Nissan Leaf, MG4, BYD Dolphin
  • Expected: Q1 2023

Volkswagen’s performance Spaniard brand made a splash debuting as a new brand in the Australian market earlier this year. With three petrol/PHEV models currently available, the Cupra Born will officially be the first bespoke pure-electric vehicle to be sold in Australia from the Volkswagen Group using the MEB architecture that’s found on the Volkswagen ID.3 and Audi Q4 e-Tron.

Unsurprisingly, the Born shares much of its DNA with the ID.3 small hatch, except for some unique head- and tail lights, Cupra signature copper accents, and sportier interior with a larger 12-inch infotainment system.

If in line with Cupra’s ICE and plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) offerings, expect it to be offered with two drivetrains – 110kW and 150kW rear-wheel drives, both of which output 310Nm of torque. A Cupra-exclusive e-Boost function ups power to 170kW for a 0-100km/h sprint in 6.6 seconds.

There’s also two battery packs – 58kWh and 77kWh – for a driving range of up to 427km and 540km (WLTP) respectively.

The Spanish brand will sell its vehicles exclusively online with fixed prices, assisted by physical ‘Cupra City Garages’.

Pricing for the Cupra Born is expected to be broadly in line with the Cupra Leon VZx – which is priced from $61,490 plus on-road costs.

Fiat

Fiat e500

Fiat 500e

  • Light car
  • Competes with: Mini Cooper SE, MG 4, Ora Good Cat
  • Expected: H1 2023

The Fiat 500e will be Stellantis' first EV in the Australian market. The retro-styled small hatchback is aimed at urban dwellers. The 500e shares the same ICE-based platform as the Fiat500. The 500e is set to launch with two drivetrain and battery variants.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed but we believe it will need to be in the low $40k range to be competitive with the swatch of small hatchbacks set to hit the market.

The entry-level 500e will have a single electric motor delivering 70kW/220Nm to claim a 9.5 second 0-100km/h time. The 23.8kWh battery provides up to 180km of range (WLTP) and 50kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

The higher spec 500e comes with a slightly larger electric motor delivering 87kW/220Nm to claim a 9.0 second 0-100km/h time. The 42kWh battery provides up to 320km of range (WLTP) and 85kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Ford

Ford e-transit

Ford E-Transit

Ford Australia has promised its bringing five electrified models here by 2024; one of which will be the Ford e-Transit large commercial van due in early 2022.

I’ll be the Blue Oval’s first pure-electric vehicle when it arrives, with a 420-litre long wheelbase rear-drive configuration, 68kWh battery for up to 317km of range (WLTP), 11kW AC onboard charger and 115kW DC fast charging cap, and a 198kW/430Nm electric motor.

At launch, Ford says 20 dealers can initially service the e-Transit with specialist EV workshop equipment.

The large commercial EV van will feature FordPass Connect cellular connectivity for remote mobile app functionality like pre-conditioning the cabin and scheduling charge times. It also has the company’s latest Sync 4 infotainment system on an expansive 12-inch touchscreen.

GWM

Ora Good Cat

GWM Ora Good Cat

  • Small car
  • Competes with: Nissan Leaf, MG4, BYD Dolphin, Cupra Born
  • Expected: H1 2023

Chinese-made EVs are going global. Great Wall Motor (GWM) has quietly confirmed its Ora Cat (or Cat 01) electric hatchback will be available to order in Australia in early 2023. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to start from at least mid $40k or higher.

The Mini-esque city car features small car dimensions, two 10.25-inch instrument and infotainment displays, and a front-mounted 126kW/250Nm motor for an 8.5 second 0-100km/h acceleration time.

It’s capable of 80kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging as standard to juice up its standard 48kWh or available 63kWh battery pack good for 336km and 420km (WLTP) respectively, at least on the right-hand drive UK version.

GWM Ora Next Cat

  • Medium sedan
  • Competes with: Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, Ioniq 6
  • Expected: H2 2023

Debuting at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, the Ora Next Cat could be coming to Australia in later 2023.

The new Ora model from GWM will compete with the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq 6.

The Next Cat is set to launch with one drivetrain and battery package.

It will feature a dual motor all-wheel drive powertrain delivering 300kW/680Nm to claim a 4.3 second 0-100km/h time.

The 83.5kWh battery provides up to 430km of range (WLTP) and 80kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Hyundai

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6

  • Medium Sedan
  • Competes with: Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2
  • Expected: Q1 2023

Following the release of the much-lauded Ioniq 5 in 2021, the Ioniq 6 is expected to debut in early 2023.

Like its sibling the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 is built on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform which features 800v charging infrastructure. Due to a focus on weight reduction and aerodynamics, drag co-efficient (Cd) of just 0.21, the Inoiq 6 will boast more and sharper handling.

The Ioniq 6 is set to launch with two drivetrain and a single battery variant.

The RWD variant will feature a single electric motor delivering 168kW/350Nm to claim a 9.5 second 0-100km/h time. The 77.4kWh battery provides up to 614km of range (WLTP).

The AWD variant will come with dual electric motors delivering 239kW/605Nm to claim a 5.1 second 0-100km/h time. The 77.4kWh battery provides up to 519km of range (WLTP)

Both feature 230kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

  • Performance SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model Y Performance, Kia EV6 GT
  • Expected in late 2023

Engineering by Hyundai’s N division, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is expected to debut in Australia in late 2023.

Performance figures have not been finalised but it is expected to share the same underpinnings as the Kia EV6 GT, which features a dual-motor setup delivering 430kW/740Nm to claim a 3.5 second 0-100km/h time

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD review
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Hyundai Kona Electric

  • Small SUV
  • Competes with: BYD Atto 3, Kia Niro EV, MG ZS EV
  • Expected in 2023

Like its cousin the Kia Niro EV, the Hyundai Kona Electric will also launch a second-generation version in 2023. Pricing has yet to be confirmed but we expected it to be priced closely to the second-generation Kia Niro EV, which starts from $65,300 plus on-road costs.

Scant details have been provided but we expect the drivetrain and battery configurations to be almost identical to the Kia Niro EV. The Niro EV has a single electric motor delivering 150kW/255Nm to claim a 7.8 second 0-100km/h time. The 64.8kWh battery provides up to 460km of range (WLTP) and 84kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Extended Range review
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Kia

Kia EV6 GT

Kia EV6 GT

  • Performance SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model Y Performance, Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
  • Expected Q1 2023

The Kia EV6 GT will be the performance flagship of the much-lauded Kia EV6 lineup. Pricing has yet to be confirmed but is expected to sell at about $95,000 plus on-road costs, in order to be competitive with the Tesla Model Y.

The EV6 GT's dual-electric motors delivering a combined 430kW/740Nm to claim a 3.5 second 0-100km/h time.

The 74kWh battery provides up to 424km of range (WLTP) and 230kW DC fast charging and 11kW single-phase AC charging capabilities.

2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD review
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LDV

LDV et60

LDV eDeliver9

  • Large van
  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz eVito
  • Expected: Q4 2022

The LDV eDeliver 9 will be Australia’s first pure-electric large commercial van available exclusively in a long wheelbase, with mid-roof, high-roof, or cab chassis options.

Featuring a large 88.5kWh battery pack, it delivers up to 280km of claimed range (WLTP) on the mid-roof model.

The SAIC Motor-owned Chinese carmaker estimates the eDeliver 9 plugged-in to an 11kW AC charger from 5 to 100 per cent takes about nine hours. The electric van has a maximum DC charging rate of 80kW and can go from 20 to 80 per cent in 45 minutes.

LDV eT60

  • Ute
  • Expected: Q4 2022

The eT60 is set to be the first battery-electric ute sold in Australia. Initially, it’ll only be available in a 4x2 (two-wheel drive) double cab variant.

The LDV eT60 houses a 88.5kWh battery pack yielding 330km of claimed driving range under the stricter combined WLTP testing cycle.

The company says charging the electric ute on an 11kW AC charger from 5 to 100 per cent will take around nine hours. Fast charging it on a DC station from 20 to 80 per cent takes around 45 minutes, though LDV Australia hasn’t disclosed its maximum DC rate.

LDV MIFA 9

  • People-mover
  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer
  • Expected: Q4 2022

The LDV Mifa 9 will be the brand’s first non-commercial vehicle and first all-electric multi-purpose people mover in Australia aimed at luxury buyers.

The Mifa 9 will first launch with three model grades boasting seven-seats, but an eight-seater configuration will follow in early 2023.

Under its floor is a 90kWh battery pack resulting in up to 440km of claimed range (WLTP) depending on the variant.

On an 11kW AC charger, it can top-up from 5 to 100 per cent in around 8.5 hours, while DC fast charging from 20 to 80 per cent takes around 36 minutes. Again, LDV Australia hasn’t disclosed its maximum DC charging rate.

Lexus

Lexus RZ 450e

Lexus UX300e

  • Small SUV
  • Competes with: BMW iX1, Volvo XC40, Kia Niro EV
  • Expected: H1 2023

The Lexus UX 300e is set to receive a significant battery upgrade as well as some new tech. Prices for the current Lexus UX300e start from $74,000 plus on road costs.

The UX300e has a front-mounted electric motor delivering 150kW/300Nm to claim a 7.5 second 0-100km/h time.

The upgraded 72.8kWh battery provides up to 450km of range (WLTP) and 130kW DC fast charging and 6.6kW single-phase AC charging capabilities.

Lexus RZ450e

  • Medium SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6
  • Expected: Q3 2023

The Lexus RZ450e will be Lexus' second electric vehicle, following the launch of the UX300e in 2021. The medium SUV shares the same platform as the Toyota bZ4x but will be more powerful and have a more luxurious take.

The RZ450e has dual-electric motors delivering a combined 230kW/435Nm to claim a 5.6 second 0-100km/h time.

The 71.4kWh battery provides up to 450km of range (WLTP) and 150kW DC fast charging and 6.6kW single-phase AC charging capabilities.


Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz eVito

  • Commercial van
  • Competes with: LDV eDeliver 9
  • Expected: Q4 2022

The Mercedes-Benz eVito commercial van is targeted at couriers, logistics operators and tradies. Pricing for the eVito will start from $89,353 plus on road costs.

The eVito will come with a front-mounted electric motor delivering 85kW/360Nm to claim an 11-second 0-100km/h time. The 60kWh battery provides up to 262km of range (NEDC) and 80kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer

  • People-mover
  • Competes with: LDV Mifa 9
  • Expected: Q4 2022

Sharing the same chassis as the eVito van, the 8-seat eVito Tourer will come with a front-mounted electric motor delivering 150kW/365Nm to claim a 12-second 0-100km/h time. The 90kWh battery provides up to 421km of range (NEDC) and 110kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Pricing for the eVito Tourer will start from $116,117 plus on road costs. For reference, the diesel Vito Tourer is priced at $70,336 before on-roads.

Mercedes-Benz EQE

  • Large sedan
  • Competes with: Tesla Model S
  • Expected: H1 of 2023

While the EQS will be the hero EV for the car giant, the EQE sedan will slot underneath later in 2022 as a smaller, slightly more affordable sibling.

Sharing the same dedicated EV architecture and ‘One-Bow’ aerodynamic design as the EQS, the shorter EQE sedan will be available in the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models.

The lineup will launch with the 'entry-level' EQE 350 and 'performance-focused' AMG EQE 53.

The EQE 350 will have a single rear-mounted electric motor delivering 215kW/565Nm to claim a 6.4 second 0-100km/h time. The 90kWh battery provides up to 660km of range (WLTP) and 170kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

The AMG EQE 53 comes with dual electric motor setup delivering 505kW/10000Nm to claim a blistering 3.5 second 0-100km/h time. The 90kWh battery provides up to 518km of range (WLTP) and 170kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed but it is expected to start from $130k plus on-road costs.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

  • Large SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model X, Volvo EV90
  • Expected during 2023

Effectively the 'SUV version' of the EQE sedan, the EQE SUV will compete with the Tesla Model X and the incoming Volvo EV90.

The EQS SUV range will debut with the rear-wheel drive variant equipped with dual electric motors delivering 215W/565Nm to claim a 5.9 second 0-100km/h time. The 111kWh battery provides up to 590km of range (WLTP) and 170kW DC fast charging and 22kW (optional) three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed but it is expected to start from $160k plus on-road costs.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 450

  • Large sedan
  • Expected in first half of 2023

On the other hand, Mercedes’ first bespoke EV will debut in early 2022. The Mercedes-Benz EQS limousine will land first in its AMG 53 performance guise first. Prices start from $328,400 plus on-road costs.

It features dual electric motors producing up to 560kW/1020Nm for a 0-100km/h time in 3.4-seconds when opting for the AMG Dynamic Plus package.

Standard, less powerful models will follow, including the single-motor EQS 450+ and dual-motor EQS 580.

All EQS’ have a large 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack for up to 770km of range (WLTP), optional 22kW AC charging, and up to 200kW DC charging.

It’s also available with the immersive MBUX Hyperscreen infotainment system, a flurry of ambient lighting strips, faux electric sounds, air suspension, and rear-wheel steering.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

  • Large SUV
  • Expected in Q2 2023

The EQS SUV is the luxury flagship of the Mercedes-Benz EQ range. It will be offered in three drivetrain and battery options. Prices are expected to start from $260,000 plus on-road costs.

It features dual electric motors producing up to 560kW/1020Nm for a 0-100km/h time in 3.4-seconds when opting for the AMG Dynamic Plus package.

Standard, less powerful models will follow, including the single-motor EQS 450+ and dual-motor EQS 580.

All EQS’ have a large 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack for up to 770km of range (WLTP), optional 22kW AC charging, and up to 200kW DC charging.

It’s also available with the immersive MBUX Hyperscreen infotainment system, a flurry of ambient lighting strips, faux electric sounds, air suspension, and rear-wheel steering.

MG

MG 4

MG 4

  • Small car
  • Competes with: Nissan Leaf, BYD Dolphin, Cupra Born
  • Expected: H1 2023

MG, one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in Australia, is set to release its second EV in the first half of 2023, the MG 4.

The small hatchback segment, where there is a dearth of options is about to be flooded in 2023 with the expected release of the MG 4 along with the BYD Dolphin, Cupra Born, and the Peugot e208.

It is also expected to be the cheapest EV available in Australia with pricing expected to start around the $40,000 mark.

The MG 4 is built on a dedicated electric platform, MSP, meaning it will likely benefit from additional space and efficiency benefits. The MG 4 will be available in multiple drivetrain and battery options.

The entry-level MG 4 is confirmed to be the first variant to debut in Australia. The drivetrain features a rear-wheel drive setup and a single 125kW/250Nm electric motor to claim a 7.9 second 0-100km/h time. The 51kWh battery provides up to 350km of range (WLTP) and 117kW DC fast charging and 6.6kW single-phase AC charging capabilities.

Like the MG ZS EV, the MG 4 will also offer vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality.

Peugeot

Peugeot e208

Peugeot e-208

  • Light car
  • Competes with: Nissan Leaf, MG4, BYD Dolphin, Cupra Born
  • Expected: H2 2023

Peugeot Australia has confirmed it’ll bring its first EV model here in 2023, starting with the Peugeot e-208 hatchback.

Currently, there are few options in the small hatchback segment, with only the Nissan Leaf and Mini Cooper SE available for sale. This is set to change drastically in 2023, with the arrival of several models: MG4, BYD Dolphin, Cupra Born and Peugeot e-208.

The e-208 is built on a shared multi-energy platform, CMP/eCMP, which it shares with the PHEV and petrol versions of the Peugeot 208.

The e-208's front-wheel drivetrain is paired with a 115kW/260Nm electric motor to claim a sub 8-second 0-100km/h time. The 51kWh battery provides up to 400km of range (WLTP) and 100kW DC fast charging and 7.4kW single-phase AC charging capabilities.

Renault

Renault Kangoo E-Tech

Renault Kangoo E-Tech

  • Small van
  • Expected: Q1 2023

On the light commercial vehicle end, the ageing Renault Kangoo is set for an overhaul in late 2022 – and its zero-emissions guise will continue to be sold Down Under, too.

The all-new Renault Kangoo E-Tech rides on the brand’s ​​CMF-B platform used in passenger cars like the Captur light SUV, which will give it a leg up in cabin comfort, safety, and practicality.

The Kangoo EV matches a 90kW/245Nm motor with a 45kWh lithium-ion battery for a range of up to 300km (WLTP). It can be replenished at up to 80kW DC or 11kW AC, though 22kW AC capability is available in Europe.

That’s a marked improvement over the current Kangoo Z.E. – which dates back to 2011 – that only has a 33kWh battery and 230km range (WLTP).

But, don’t expect the Renault Zoe city car to make a comeback after the last-generation model was axed locally in 2020, and there’s no word on the all-new Renault Megane E-Tech Electric small SUV, either.

Renault Megane E-Tech

  • Small SUV
  • Competes with: BYD Atto 3, MG ZS EV, Kia Niro EV
  • Expected: Q4 2023

The Renault Megane E-Tech is expected to be Renault's second electric vehicle to debut in the Australian market. The small SUV will compete with other popular rivals including the BYD Atto 3, MG ZS EV and Kia Niro EV.

It will be built on the Renault-Nissan CMF-EV platform, which it shares with the Nissan Ariya, likely to debut in Australia in 2024. Two powertrain and battery options will be available

The EV40 will have a single electric motor delivering 96kW/250Nm to claim a 10.0 second 0-100km/h time. The 40kWh battery provides up to 300km of range (WLTP) and 85kW DC fast charging and 22kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

The EV60 comes with a larger electric motor delivering 160kW/300Nm to claim a 7.4 second 0-100km/h time. The 60kWh battery provides up to 470km of range (WLTP) and 130kW DC fast charging and 22kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Subaru

Subaru Solterra

Subaru Solterra

  • Medium SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Expected: H1 2023

The Subara Solterra, a medium-sized SUV, will be the brand's first battery electric vehicle in the Australian market.

Co-developed with Toyota, the bZ4X and Solterra are based on the same e-TNGA dedicated EV platform, sharing the same powertrain, battery configuration and styling.

LIke the bZ4x, it uses a 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery for up to 500km of range (WLTC) depending on the variant, and the option for a dual 160kW motor and all-wheel drive.

It is capable of up to 150kW DC fast charging, has V2L capabilities, and is available with a solar roof in overseas markets.

Toyota

Toyota bZ4x

Toyota bZ4x

  • Medium SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Volkswagen ID.4
  • Expected: H2 2023

The mid-sized Toyota bZ4x is an all-electric version of the popular ICE-powered RAV4, though the Japanese firm expects low volume sales come late 2022.

Riding on the bespoke e-TNGA platform, it uses a 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery for up to 500km of range (WLTC) depending on the variant, and the option for a dual 160kW motor and all-wheel drive.

It is capable of up to 150kW DC fast charging, has V2L capabilities, and is available with a solar roof in overseas markets.

Toyota Australia has confirmed, though, that “this car will be expensive” and won’t sell in any large volumes.

This is the Japanese conglomerate's first model wearing its ‘bZ’ (beyond Zero) badge as part of an EV push to offer 30 battery-electric vehicles by 2030.

While Subaru Solterra and Lexus RZ crossovers share most parts with the bZ4x, both have been ruled out for Australia.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Medium SUV

Competes with: Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5

Expected: H2 2023

The world's second-largest car manufacturer is finally set to debut its first electric car in the Australian market, the Volkswagen ID.4.

The ID.4, a medium SUV, will compete in the most competitive segment in the Australian EV market which features the Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Built on Volkswagen's dedicated electric car platform, MEB, the ID.4 is expected to be available in several powertrain and battery options. Pricing has yet to be confirmed but based on overseas pricing and the competitiion we expected prices to be in the mid-to-high $60k mark.

Volkswagen has confirmed the first variant shipping to Australia will be a single motor rear-wheel drive delivering 150W/310Nm to claim an 8.5 second 0-100km/h time. The 77kWh battery provides up to 530km of range (WLTP) and 135kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Volkswagen has yet to confirm which other variants will make Australian shores.

Volkswagen ID.5

Medium crossover

Competes with: Volvo C40, Kia EV6, Polestar 2

Expected: H2 2023

Also set to debut in Australia later in 2023 is the Volkswagen ID.5, effectively a low-slung 'coupe' version of the ID.4.

The ID.5 will compete directly with other medium crossovers such as the Volvo C40, Kia EV6, and the Polestar 2.

Powertrain and battery specifications have yet to be confirmed but will likely be similar to those available in the ID.4

Volvo

Volvo EX90

Volvo EX90

  • Large SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model X, Mercedes-Benz EQS
  • Expected: H2 2023

The Volvo EX90 is the electric successor to the seven-seat petrol-powered XC90. The EX90 is the first Volvo model to wear the 'EX' badge, a lineup that will feature electric-only models. The EX90 is built on the 2nd generation SPA platform which was designed to accommodate ICE, PHEV and BEV variants.

Volvo has confirmed the EV90 will launch an all-wheel drive version equipped with dual electric motors delivering 380W/910Nm to claim a 5.9 second 0-100km/h time. The 111kWh battery provides up to 600km of range (WLTP) and 250kW DC fast charging and 11kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed but we expect it to cost well north of $100k based on the features and segment it is competing in.

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