Australia’s best-selling variants of the latest electric vehicles

Australia's best-selling variants of the latest electric vehicles

Industry sales data shows Australians have purchased 7,618 electric vehicles so far this year, across 23 models. But which model type within each range is the most popular? We get the numbers to find out.

Each month, Australia’s leading body for the new auto industry – the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries – publishes VFACTS reports detailing the sales of every brand and new car, SUV, ute and van model in the country.

However, the data is limited when it comes to electric vehicle sales, especially those based on existing petrol cars – and sheds little to no light on buyers’ preferences by model class.

With data from manufacturers, Motive has put together a guide to the best-selling model variants of the electric vehicles on sale in Australia so far this year (including one upcoming model).

Note: Tesla Australia is not responding to media inquiries and was therefore unable to contact us to obtain the Model 3 variant sales details. Information from external service Carloop (via the driven) is listed below, but this data has not been verified by Tesla or Drive.

All prices quoted are exclusive of on-road costs, unless otherwise stated.

Small cars, SUVs and vans

  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Elite Base Model ($49,970), 62.4 percent
  • Hyundai Kona Electric – Highlander Extended Range top spec ($64,000), 37.4 percent
  • Kia Niro EV – S base model ($62,590), 70 percent
  • Mazda MX-30 Electric – a model for sale ($65,490)
  • MG ZS EV (pre-order dates, expected in July) – Essence flagship $49,990
  • Nissan Leaf – 40 kWh base model ($50,990), 63 percent
  • Renault Kangoo – a model for sale ($50,390)

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 225 kW AWD Flagship ($75,900), 67.5 percent
  • Kia EV6 – GT-Line AWD Flagship ($82,990), 51 percent (with higher percentage seen in pending orders)

  • Lexus UX300e – Sportluxe flagship ($81,000), 80 percent
  • Mercedes-Benz EQA – a model for sale ($76,800)
  • Mini Cooper SE – Classic and Mini Yours Tie ($55,650 to $62,825), 50 percent each
  • Volvo C40 Recharge (pre-order data, expected after July) – Twin Motor flagship ($82,490), 92 percent
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – flagship twin engine ($79,990), 96 percent

  • BMW i4 – eDrive40 entry-level ($99,900), 55 percent
  • BMW iX3 – a model for sale ($114.900)
  • Jaguar I-Pace – tie SE and HSE ($142,580 to $155,550), 50 percent each
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC – data not provided by Mercedes-Benz Australia (two models, $124,300 to $141,300)
  • Polestar 2 – Long Range Twin Engine Flagship ($69,900 until recently)
  • Tesla Model 3 – Entry-level RWD ($63,900), 81 percent (according to) carloop

Bonus: Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor is “scrupulously” followed by Long Range Single Motor and then Standard Range Single Motor.

  • Audi E-Tron – Sportback 55 quattro ($159,900), less than 30 percent
  • BMW iX – xDrive40 Base/Sport (from $135,900), 82 percent
  • Porsche Taycan – 4S ($198,800)

Bonus: Audi E-Tron Sportback 50 and 55 models account for 50 percent of all E-Tron sales. E-Tron S, despite its launch in March, already accounts for 40 percent of total sales.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributing journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from browsing car magazines as a young age to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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