Australians will soon have a range of new electric cars to choose from, as car makers respond to growing demand.
There are currently just over 30 pure-electric cars to choose from in Australia, but you can expect that number to grow noticeably in 2022.
While we will have to wait a little longer for Volkswagen’s much-anticipated ID range (currently on sale in Europe, but not due here until at least 2023), there are still an array of new electric cars bound for local showrooms this year, across a range of segments and price ranges.
Here’s a list of every new electric car coming to Australia this year – followed by deeper dives into a curated selection of those new models.
|Audi E-Tron S||Large SUV||Q1 2022||Pricing|
|Audi E-Tron GT||Large car||Q3 2022||Details|
|BMW i4||Medium car||Q1 2022||Pricing|
|BYD Yuan Plus (among other cars)||Small SUV||Feb-April 2022||Details|
|Citroen e-C4||Small SUV||Under close consideration||Details|
|Cupra Born||Small car||Nov/Dec 2022||Details|
|Ford E-Transit||Large van||Mid-2022||Details|
|Genesis GV60||Small/mid-size SUV||H1 2022||Details|
|Genesis Electrified GV70||Medium SUV||H1 2022||Revealed|
|Genesis Electrified G80||Large car||H1 2022||Revealed|
|Hyundai Ioniq 5 58kWh||Medium SUV||Sometime in 2022||Details|
|Kia EV6 (base and GT-Line)||Medium SUV||Feb/March 2022||Details|
|Kia Niro Electric||Small SUV||Q3 2022||Revealed|
|Kia EV6 GT||Medium SUV||Late 2022 or early 2023||Details|
|Mercedes-AMG EQS53||Upper large car||April 2022||Details|
|Mercedes-Benz EQA350||Small SUV||H1 2022||Revealed|
|Mercedes-Benz EQV||People mover||Q3 2022||Details|
|Mercedes-Benz eVito||People mover/van||Q3 2022||Details|
|Mercedes-Benz EQB||Medium SUV||H2 2022||Revealed|
|Mercedes-Benz EQE||Large car||H2 2022||Revealed|
|MG ZS EV||Small SUV||Q3 2022||Revealed|
|Ora Good Cat||Light car||Sometime in 2022||Details|
|Peugeot electric car (unnamed)||Unconfirmed||Sometime in 2022||Details|
|Polestar 2||Medium car||January 2022||Pricing|
|Porsche Taycan (base RWD)||Large car||Early 2022||Pricing|
|Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo||Large car||Early 2022||Pricing|
|Porsche Taycan GTS sedan||Large car||Q2 2022||Pricing|
|Renault Kangoo EV||Small van||Q4 2022||Details|
|Renault Megane E-Tech Electric||Small SUV||Rumoured for late 2022||Revealed|
|Skoda Enyaq iV||Medium SUV||Possible in 2022||Revealed|
|SsangYong Korando E-Motion||Medium SUV||Under strong consideration||Details|
|Tesla Model Y||Medium SUV||Expected in 2022||Details|
|Toyota BZ4X||Medium SUV||Q4 2022||Revealed|
|Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric||Small SUV||Q3 2022||Pricing|
|Volvo C40 Recharge||Small SUV||Q4 2022||Revealed|
Audi E-Tron S
While the E-Tron GT sedan will likely draw the headlines at Audi upon its arrival in the third quarter of the year, don’t forget the tri-motor Audi E-Tron S, priced from $165,600 before on-road costs for the E-Tron S, or $172,700 for the E-Tron S Sportback.
In S mode the E-Tron S produces a mighty 370kW and 973Nm, the latter figure representing the highest ever in the Audi stable, behind the defunct Q7 V12 diesel.
An 86kWh lithium-ion battery enables 413km of claimed ADR range in the normal E-Tron S, increasing to 418km with the more aerodynamic Sportback body style.
The 2022 BMW i4, BMW’s answer to the Tesla Model 3, is expected by March 2022. The all-electric sports sedan will be offered in two models to start: the eDrive40, priced from $99,900 plus on-road costs, and the i4 M50, from $124,900.
The eDrive40 is powered by a 84kWh battery, and is claimed to deliver a driving range of 590km (according to WLTP protocols). A single motor driving the rear wheels delivers 250kW and 430Nm, and a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds.
The i4 M50 features the same 84kWh battery, but adds a motor to drive the front wheels, for total outputs of 400kW and 795Nm in overboost mode. The M50 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.9 seconds – about the same as BMW’s petrol-powered M3 Competition.
BYD Yuan Plus
Chinese brand BYD (Build Your Dreams) is expected to introduce a bevy of electric vehicles in Australia in 2022, led by the Yuan Plus SUV, expected to open to customer orders in February.
The Yuan Plus SUV, which could wear a new name in the Australian market, will be sold by importer Nexport through the EVDirect portal. Prices are expected to start from about (or under) $40,000.
The EA1 (or Dolphin) compact hatchback is expected to follow at a later date. BYD also offers the all-wheel-drive Han sedan in China, powered by a 76.9kWh battery for a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds – though this model is yet to be confirmed for sale locally.
The Cupra Born electric hot hatch is slated to arrive in Australia in November or December. In Europe, the Born – which shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen ID.3 – has gone on sale with a sole 150kW electric motor and 58kWh battery, delivering 420km of claimed range.
A 110kW electric motor will be made available at a later date, as will 45kWh and 77kWh battery with WLTP claimed driving ranges of approximately 340km and 540km respectively.
The Spanish performance brand will launch in Australia in July with the Ateca mid-size SUV, powered by a 221kW petrol engine, along with the larger Formentor SUV and small Leon hot hatch, both available with petrol or plug-in hybrid power.
The 2022 Genesis GV60 small SUV is expected in Australia in the first half of 2022, and will be available in ‘standard’ rear-wheel-drive, ‘standard’ all-wheel-drive and ‘performance’ all-wheel-drive configurations.
The GV60 range will be underpinned by the Hyundai group’s dedicated electric vehicle platform, which also features beneath the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.
All GV60 variants feature the same 77.4kWh battery, with the rear-drive model delivering 168kW and 350Nm, the standard all-wheel-drive 234kW and 605Nm, and performance AWD producing 320kW and 605Nm (or 360kW/700Nm in Boost Mode).
Pricing is yet to be announced, though expect it to command a premium over the $71,900 before on-road costs sticker of the rear-drive Ioniq 5. Genesis estimated WLTP driving ranges of 451km for the RWD, around 400km for the standard AWD, and 368km for the performance AWD.
The Genesis Electrified GV70 medium SUV and Genesis Electrified G80 large sedan are also expected in the first half of 2022.
The Kia EV6 mid-size electric SUV is expected in Australian showrooms in February or March 2022 – but supply will be limited to 500 examples for 2022, as the car maker, like many others, continues to prioritise countries with stricter emissions regulations.
The entry-level EV6 and sport-themed EV6 GT-Line will be the first variants to arrive, with the range-topping EV6 GT due in late 2022 or early 2023.
Confirmed in December, all EV6 models in Australia will initially be powered by the larger of two batteries available overseas, a 77.4kWh pack, paired to a choice of single-motor rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive configurations.
Pricing and further details of the 2022 Kia EV6 will be announced at the 2022 Australian Open tennis tournament in January – of which Kia Australia is a major sponsor.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will offer a range of electric powertrains in front and all-wheel-drive configurations, with battery capacity starting at 66.5kWh.
The EQB350 4Matic has a power output of 215kW and a driving range of 419km (WLTP). A less potent (and less expensive) EQB250 variant is also expected.
The EQB isn’t the only electric Mercedes-Benz model set to arrive in Australia this year, with the brand confirming the EQA350 small SUV, EQE large sedan, EQS flagship sedan, eVito delivery van, and EQV and eVito Tourer people movers for launch by the end of 2022.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE is the second model to use the German marque’s new MEA electric vehicle platform, and will go on sale in the latter part of the year. Details are scarce, with only one variant confirmed thus far: the EQE350, which features a 90kWh battery and can deliver 215kW to the rear wheels.
Skoda Enyaq iV
There’s a chance Skoda’s dedicated first electric car may arrive before the end of 2022. The Enyaq iV SUV is currently offered in Europe with five electric drivetrains, using single or dual electric motors, and one of three battery capacities.
Available batteries measure 52kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh, with driving ranges stretching from 340km to 510km (WLTP) depending on the combination. The entry-level Enyaq 50, for example, starts at around €34,600 in Germany (or $AU54,300, though European and Australian prices aren’t always comparable) and produces 109kW and 220Nm.
Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y, previously expected in 2021, is now likely to make an appearance in 2022 (though specific timing remains unconfirmed).
The mid-sized SUV is set to be offered in three variants, with the Standard Range said to have a 62.28kWh battery, and the Long Range and Performance cars sharing a 82.8kWh pack.
Information remains scarce, however government documents list power outputs for all three variants as 255kW, 378kW and 393kW. With its crossover SUV styling and spacious interior, the Model Y is likely to be even more popular than the related Model 3 sedan.
Volvo C40 Recharge
The Swedish brand is aiming for fully-electric cars to comprise 50 per cent of its sales by 2025, and has committed to 100 per cent pure electrification by 2030. It’s hardly surprising then that Volvo continues to roll out electric vehicles, with the Volvo C40 Recharge on the calendar for Australia in late 2022.
The coupe-like C40 Recharge quotes the same battery capacity (78kWh) and 300kW power output as the related XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Twin Motor, along with a chunky 660Nm. Driving range on European WLTP testing is expected to be around 444km, and you can expect to charge the C40 from 10 to 80 per cent in about 35 minutes, at a maximum 155kW DC charge rate.