What New Electric Cars Are Coming to Australia in 2023?

Orange MG 4 driving

2022 was another record year for electric car sales in Australia, highlighted by; the arrival of new in-demand models from Tesla and BYD, newly introduced government incentives, and the continued rollout of more public charging infrastructure.

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

From the MG 4 hatchback, to the Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan and the LDV eT60 ute, 2023 is slated to be a record-breaking year for new brands and customer choice. EV manufacturers appear to finally be paying attention to the Australian market, which has been buoyed by the introduction of the fringe benefits tax (FBT) exemption and the impending introduction of fuel efficiency standards.

Read on to see the list of new electric car models launching Down Under this year. View what electric cars are currently available ⬇️ βš‘πŸš—

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Three Abarth 500e EVs on harbour

Fiat's high performance brand will finally release an all-new model this year, but this time it's all-electric.

The Abarth 500e is a hotted-up version of the Fiat 500e city hatch, with a front-wheel drive electric motor producing 113kW of power and 235Nm of torque and a 'Sound Generator' feature that pumps a petrol engine growl via the speakers.

The three-door electric hot hatch uses a city-friendly 37.3kWh usable battery, with 264km of claimed range quoted overseas based on the WLTP testing cycle.

It's also capable of up to 85kW DC and 11kW AC charging speeds.


Audi e-tron GT's in factory assembly line

Audi e-Tron GT

Joining the Audi Q8 e-Tron wagon SUV and Sportback, the e-tron GT will top the model range as the hero sports sedan variant in late 2022.

The e-tron GT pricing starts from $181,700 before on-road costs with two variants – e-Tron GT and the hotter RS e-Tron GT.

The Audi electric sedan shares the same β€˜J1’ underpinnings as the Porsche Taycan. The flagship RS e-Tron GT variant delivers up to 440kW of power and 830Nm of torque for a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.3 seconds.

Both electric grand tourer variants house an 85kWh usable battery pack good for up to 488km of claimed driving range on the WLTP cycle on all models.

Audi Q8 e-Tron

The Audi e-Tron SUV and e-Tron Sportback will be renamed to the Q8 e-Tron and Q8 e-Tron Sportback when it receives a facelift this year.

The update brings aerodynamic efficiency improvements and larger batteries – 89kWh usable nickel-manganese cobalt (NMC) and 106kWh usable nickel-cobalt-aluminium (NCA) – offering between 491km to 600km of claimed WLTP range depending on the model.

Charging speeds have also been improved at up to 150kW DC on the 'small' NMC battery and 170kW DC on the larger NCA pack. The AC onboard charger remains the same at 11kW.


White BMW iX1 in front of BMW X1


The BMW iX1 small electric SUV is the entry point into a BMW EV.

It shares the same UKL2 combustion engine-based platform as the third-generation BMW X1, and is priced from $84,900 before on-roads with a single xDrive30 drivetrain and two trims – xLine and M Sport.

The iX1 SUV uses a 65kWh usable battery, whcih provides up to 440km of claimed WLTP range, up to 130kW DC fast charging and 11kW AC charging capabilities.

Bronze BMW i7 sedan

BMW i7

The BMW i7 is the Bavarian automaker's hero ultra-luxury electric car model.

It shares the same CLAR platform as the petrol-powered seventh-generation BMW 7 Series, and costs from $306,900 before on-roads with two variants – xDrive60 and the higher performance M70 xDrive.

Both BMW i7 models adopt a 101.7kWh usable battery that provides up to 625km of WLTP range, with up to 195kW DC fast charging and 22kW three-phase AC charging capabilities.


BYD Seal, Atto 3 and Dolphin

BYD Dolphin

The BYD Dolphin is a small electric hatch set to be one of the most affordable new EVs in Australia, with an expected 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 as the Atto 3 small electric SUV, with a similarly funky interior, signature 12.8-inch rotating touchscreen, and two lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) Blade Battery sizes offered in China.

The bigger 60kWh structural battery pack is most likely to be offered in Australia, which is good for up to 425km of claimed WLTP driving range.

BYD Seal

The BYD Seal electric sedan will rival the popular Tesla Model 3, with an expected circa $60,000 price and launch after the Dolphin hatch.

The ocean-themed EV features a 15.6-inch rotatable central screen and 10.25-inch driver instrument display that's larger than its cheaper Dolphin and Atto 3 counterparts, frunk storage space, and a performance-orientated 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 Seal offers a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.8 seconds, while the rear-driven model features up to 570km of claimed WLTP range from its LFP-based 82kWh structural BYD Blade Battery.


Red Cupra Born driving on twisty road

Cupra Born

Volkswagen Group's performance Spaniard brand has launched its first all-electric sporty hatch in Australia.

The Cupra Born is priced from $59,990 before on-roads with a single top-spec variant available and two option packs – matching the same price as the Cupra Leon VZe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) small car.

It's officially be the first bespoke pure-electric vehicle sold locally using the Volkswagen Group's Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) platform that’s found on the Volkswagen ID.3 hatch, ID.Buzz van, and Skoda Enyaq SUV.

The electric hatch features a large 77kWh usable battery offering a long 511km claimed WLTP driving range, with up to 170kW DC and 11kW AC charging capabilities.


Blue Fiat 500e in front of silver urban building

Fiat 500e

The Fiat 500e will launch in Australia after a long 15-year run of the old petrol-powered city car.

Priced from $52,500 before on-roads, it's available in one flagship La Prima grade in a three-door hatchback body style and rides on a dedicated EV platform.

The city-focussed EV uses a 37kWh usable battery pack to provide up to 311km claimed WLTP range, with 85kW DC and 11kW AC charging.


Ford Mustang Mach-E next to e-Transit van

Ford E-Transit

Ford's first electric vehicle in Australia will be the E-Transit large electric commercial van, ahead of a wider push including the Mustang Mach-E SUV, E-Transit Custom medium-sized delivery van, and Puma EV crossover.

While local pricing hasn't been announced yet, it will be offered in a 420-litre long wheelbase rear-drive configuration only with the same cargo area as its diesel-powered twin and a 1616kg targeted payload capacity.

The E-Transit van houses a 68kWh usable battery pack to yield an estimated driving range of up to 307km, with 115kW DC and 11.3kW AC charging capabilities.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford will launch it's first electric SUV later this year as the spiritual successor to the Escape in Australia.

The Mustang Mach-E EV costs from $79,990 before on-roads, with two battery pack sizes offering between 470km to 600km of claimed WLTP driving range.

Recharging capabilities include up 150kW DC and an 11kW AC onboard charger.


Blue GWM Ora parked in city


The 2023 GWM Ora hatch has launched in Australia, as one of Australia's cheapest electric cars priced from $43,990 before on-road costs.

It features a Mini-esque quirky design, dual 10.25-inch displays, and is available in two battery sizes – with either lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) or nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode chemistries.

The 45.4kWh usable LFP-based Ora Standard Range provides up to 310km of claimed driving range on the WLTP cycle, while the 59.3kWh usable NMC-based Extended Range gets 420km of WLTP range. Both charge at up to 80kW DC and 11kW AC speeds.


Blue Hyundai Ioniq 6 in rooftop car park

Hyundai Ioniq 6

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric sports sedan has launched in Australia – targeting the Tesla Model 3 Long Range.

It adopts the same dedicated 800-volt class Hyundai Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the Ioniq 5 medium SUV, but the sleeker aerodynamic body shape yields an ultra-low 0.21 drag coefficient to extend EV range.

The Ioniq 6 is priced from $74,000 before on-road costs, with a 74kWh usable battery pack providing up to 614km of claimed WLTP range on the base Techniq rear-wheel drive (RWD), while Dynamiq and Epiq all-wheel drive (AWD) models offer up to 583km of claimed range.

Hyundai claims the electric sedan is capable of ultra-rapid 350kW DC charging and has a 10.5kW AC onboard charger.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

The hotted-up Hyundai Ioniq 5 is expected to debut in Australia late this year.

Performance figures have not been finalised, but it is expected to debut the N division's artificial driving sounds complete with simulated downshifts.

Rumours have pointed to it having slightly higher outputs than the related Kia EV6 GT, which has a dual-motor setup delivering 430kW/740Nm to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds (when above 80 per cent battery).

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD review
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Hyundai Kona Electric

Like its Kia Niro EV cousin, the second-generation Hyundai Kona Electric will be launched at the end of this year alongside a petrol-hybrid variant.

Local pricing and features have yet-to-be-confirmed, but both the small 48.4kWh and larger 65.4kWh battery packs are on the cards – the latter likely to be priced closely to the second-generation Kia Niro EV, which starts from $65,300 plus on-road costs.

Overseas, the all-new Kona standard range is rated for 342km of claimed WLTP range, while the extended range offers 490km. According to EV Database, charging capabilities differ too – 75kW DC and 7.2kW AC on the small battery or 100kW DC and 11kW AC on the larger battery.

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Extended Range review
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Bue Kia EV6 GT in barn

Kia EV6 GT

The Kia EV6 GT is now the performance hero for the South Korean carmaker, as the spiritual successor to the Stinger GT liftback.

It features a hyper dual electric motor setup delivering a combined 430kW/740Nm to sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds (when above 80 per cent battery).

It's priced from $99,590 before on-road costs, with a 74kWh usable battery providing up to 424km of claimed WLTP range, 350kW 800-volt class DC and 10.5kW AC charging capability.

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Blue LDV et60 parked in city

LDV eDeliver9

The LDV eDeliver 9 is Australia’s first pure-electric large commercial van available exclusively in a long wheelbase guise, with mid-roof, high-roof, or cab chassis options – and priced from $99,990 before on-road costs.

The eDeliver 9 Cab Chassis features a 65kWh usable battery pack providing up to 150km of claimed WLTP range, whereas the Mid Roof and High Roofs get a larger 88.5kWh battery delivering 280km and 275km of claimed range respectively. All models adopt a lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode.

The Chinese-made electric van has a maximum fast charging rate of 80kW DC and an 11kW AC onboard charger.

LDV eT60

The LDV eT60 Australia's first all-electric ute and sold in a single two-wheel drive (4x2) double cab configuration.

The urban focussed ute is priced from $92,990 before on-road costs.

The Chinese-made electric ute houses a 88.55kWh usable LFP battery pack yielding 330km of claimed driving range under combined WLTP testing cycle, with only 1000kg braked towing and 1000kg payload capacity.

The eT60 is capable of charging at up to 80kW DC and 11kW AC.

LDV Mifa 9

The LDV Mifa 9 is the Chinese brand’s first non-commercial vehicle, first foray into the luxury segment, and first all-electric multi-purpose people mover.

The Mifa 9 is priced from $106,000 before on-road costs, with a seven-seat 'captain's chairs' configuration and a 90kWh battery pack resulting delivering between 430km to 440km of claimed WLTP range depending on the variant.

The electric family van can charge at up to 120kW DC and 11kW AC rates.


Copper-black Lexus RZ in sunset

Lexus UX300e

The Lexus UX 300e is set to receive a significant battery and technology upgrade in mid-2023.

Now priced from $79,990 before on-roads, the upgraded 72.8kWh gross battery provides up to 450km of claimed WLTP range (up 18.4kWh gross and 135km respectively), while the interior gains the company's latest 12.3-inch touchscreen.

However, it still uses the rare CHAdeMO charging port supporting only up to 50kW DC fast charging and has a 6.6kW AC onboard charger.

Lexus RZ

The Lexus RZ is the Japanese luxury carmaker's first dedicated EV in Australia, with the same Electric Toyota New Global Architecture (E-TNGA) platform as the Toyota bZ4x and Subaru Soltera.

Priced from $123,000 before on-roads, it will be sold in RZ450e guise only with a 64kWh usable battery pack providing up to 470km of claimed driving range based on the lenient and unrealistic NEDC cycle.

The electric luxury SUV is capable of 150kW DC fast charging and only 6.6kW AC charging capabilities.


Bronze Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV charging from AC wall box

Mercedes-Benz eVito

  • Medium electric commercial van
  • Competes with: LDV eDeliver 9
  • Now available

The Mercedes-Benz eVito is an electric commercial van targeted for urban-based fleets.

Priced from $89,353 before on-road costs, the eVito cargo van has a 60kWh usable battery pack delivering up to 262km claimed range on the lenient and unrealistic NEDC testing cycle.

However, it's capable of 80kW DC fast-charging and 11kW AC slow charging rates.

Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer

  • Electric multi-purpose people mover
  • Competes with: LDV Mifa 9
  • Now available

As the passenger car version of the eVito commercial EV, the eVito Tourer features an eight-seat interior and is designed for chauffeur services and families in mind.

It costs from $116,117 before on-roads and sits below the larger EQV in the Mercedes line-up, with a 90kWh usable battery pack for up to 421km of unrealistic NEDC driving range.

The eVito Tourer EV can charge at up to 110kW DC and 11kW AC rates.

Mercedes-Benz EQE

The Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan slots underneath the EQS as a slightly more attainable luxury electric sedan.

Priced from $134,900 before on-roads, it uses the dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) platform with an aerodynamic 'one bow' design and optional MBUX Hyperscreen.

It features a 89kWh usable battery pack across the line-up, providing between 500km to 626km of claimed range on the unrealistic NEDC cycle.

The EQE sedan supports 170kW DC and 11kW AC charging speeds.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

  • Large electric SUV
  • Competes with: Tesla Model X, Volvo EX90
  • Expected sometime during 2023

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is the twin to the EQE sedan, but in a more popular SUV body style.

Australian pricing an specifications haven't been confirmed yet, but the line-up is confirmed to consist of five models – including two high performance AMG variants – and all will be sourced from its Alabama factory in the United States.

All models come with a 90.6kWh usable battery pack offering between 547km to 590km of claimed range on the stricter WLTP cycle depending on the variant.

The EQE SUV can charge at up to 170kW DC and a 22kW AC onboard charger is optional.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+

  • Large electric sedan
  • Expected sometime during 2023

The German automaker's first bespoke EV will get a 'normal' EQS 450+ variant, following the high performance AMG EQS 53 last year.

Local pricing hasn't been detailed yet, but its rear-wheel-driven only and uses a 107.8kWh usable battery to provide up to 780km of claimed WLTP range.

The new EQS entry-level model can recharge at up to 200kW DC and 11kW AC rates.

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

  • Large electric SUV
  • Expected sometime during 2023

The EQS SUV is the luxury flagship of the Mercedes-Benz EV range.

Australian pricing and specifications haven't been announced yet, but it's available in four variants overseas with all packing a 108.4kWh usable battery for between 615km to 672km of claimed WLTP range depending on the variant.

Charging speeds mirror the EQS sedan – up to 200kW DC and 11kW AC.


Orange MG 4 EV

MG 4

Chinese automaker MG is set to release its second EV later this year, with a sharp price tag in line with the ZS EV small SUV.

The MG 4 electric hatch is expected to start around the $40,000 mark – with the range-topping Essence already confirmed at $47,990 before on-road costs as the most expensive variant.

The affordable electric hatch adopts a dedicated EV platform and will be offered in two batteries – a 50.8kWh usable lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) type providing up to 350km claimed WLTP range and a 61.7kWh usable nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) pack offering between 435km to 450km claimed WLTP range depending on the variant.

According to overseas specifications, the Chinese-made MG electric car is capable of up to 150kW DC and 11kW AC charging speeds.


White Peugeot e-2008 driving in countryside

Peugeot e-2008

  • Small electric SUV
  • Competes with: Renault Megane E-Tech, Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Kona Electric, Cupra Born
  • Expected: Q3 2023

Peugeot Australia has confirmed it'll bring the pre-facelifted e-2008 electric SUV, as it's second pure EV following the e-Partner commercial van.

Based on the regular petrol-powered mid-spec 2008 GT small SUV, the e-2008 EV is priced from $59,000 before on-roads with a 46.3kWh usable battery pack offering up to 328km of claimed WLTP range.

Recharging rates go up to 100kW DC and 11kW AC.

Peugeot e-Partner

The Peugeot e-Partner will be the company's first EV in Australia when it arrives in mid-2023.

The electric commercial van is priced from $59,990 before on-roads, with a 45kWh usable battery providing up to 245km of claimed WLTP range.

It's capable of 100kW DC and 11kW AC charging speeds.


Renault Kangoo E-Tech

Renault Kangoo E-Tech

  • Small electric commercial van
  • Competes with: Peugeot e-Partner
  • Expected: Q3 2023

The ageing Renault Kangoo is set for an overhaul this year, with the all-new Kangoo E-Tech electric commercial van riding on a bigger and all-new passenger car platform.

Australian pricing hasn't been confirmed, though it does feature a 45kWh usable battery pack providing up to 285km claimed driving range on the WLTP cycle.

Overseas, it can charge at up to 80kW DC and 11kW AC rates.

Renault Megane E-Tech

The Renault Megane E-Tech will be the French brand's first ground-up EV featuring a new design language and Android Automotive software system.

It's expected to start around the $70,000 range when it lands in Australia, with a 60kWh usable battery providing up to 470km of claimed WLTP driving range.

The small electric SUV is capable of up to 130kW DC and 22kW AC charging rates overseas.


Subaru Solterra in sunset

Subaru Solterra

The Subaru Solterra is the Japanese carmaker's first EV with underpinnings shared with the Toyota bZ4X and Lexus RZ.

Pricing hasn't been confirmed, but expect it to be similar to its medium electric SUV rivals – and will likely be above the Subaru Outback's $55,990 top-spec price tag.

It uses a 64kWh usable battery pack for up to 466km of claimed WLTP range overseas, with up to 150kW DC and only 6.6kW AC charging capabilities.


Red Toyota bZ4x charging from AC wall box in front of home

Toyota bZ4x

Australia's most popular car brand will launch its first EV at the end of this year.

The Toyota bZ4x is an all-electric equivalent of its popular petrol-powered RAV4 medium SUV, though the local arm expects low volume sales.

Riding on a ground-up EV platform, it adopts a 64kWh usable battery pack for between 470km to 516km of claimed WLTP range depending on the variant.

The Toyota electric car can be recharged at up to 150kW DC and 6.6kW AC speeds.


Volkswagen ID.4 in front of Sydney Harbour Bridge at Circular Quay

Volkswagen ID.4

The German automotive giant is set to finally debut its first electric cars in Australia – almost four years after its release overseas.

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a family electric SUV targeted at the popular Tesla Model Y, with an entry price of around $60,000 expected.

It will be sold in two different battery sizes – 52kWh and 77kWh usable – offering up to 345km and 522km of claimed WLTP driving range repsectively.

Charging speeds differ from 110kW DC and 7.2kW AC on the smaller battery or 125kW DC and 11kW AC on the larger unit.

Volkswagen ID.5

Also set to debut in Australia alongside the Volkswagen ID.4 is the ID.5, a low-slung 'coupe SUV' version.

While local pricing and specifications haven't been announced yet, it's possible that the line-up will mirror the ID.4 SUV, albeit with a slightly higher price tag.

The Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatch, ID.Buzz and ID.Buzz Cargo will follow in 2024.


Volvo EX90

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Volvo EX30

Volvo has teased that it'll introduce a small electric SUV dubbed the EX30 this year.

While it hasn't been revealed yet, expect it to share some elements as per its bigger EX90 seven-seater (due locally in 2024) including the ground-up Volvo Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2) platform.

However, it's unclear how it will fit with the existing XC40 and C40 Recharge electric SUVs.

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