Australia Gets Amped Up For An Electrifying Future

The Best Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Released in Australia in 2019

The Best Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Released in Australia in 2019

Once upon a time, electric vehicles in Australia seemed like a passing fad, despite the rest of the world moving towards a more greener, efficient future.

Car sales in countries such as Norway, revealed that 50% of all new cars sold were EVs. While in the US, EV sales erupted by 81% between 2017 and 2018.

Lagging behind the rest of the world and left in the dark, Australia sold a measly 2,216 of electric vehicles in 2017.

Well, Australia has come a long way since then, with the first half of 2019 showing a 90% increase than the previous year.

There are now a total of 22 electric vehicles and hybrids available on the market and is expected to increase to 31 by the end of 2020.

A report by the Electric Vehicle Council of Australia also found there was a 400% increase in public charging infrastructure since 2017, with the national network now comprising 1,930 EV charging stations.

It looks like Australia is finally getting charged up about an electric future, but just in case you’re still a little skeptical, here’s what you’re missing.

Let’s bust some Myth

Aren’t electric vehicles expensive to run? — MYTH

Not only do EVs have lower running costs than standard vehicles because of fewer moving parts (require less maintenance), they are far more efficient to run — 70% cheaper per KM to be exact — saving you up to $1,600 on fuel costs each year.

EVs can’t travel that far — MYTH

Current EV models have an average battery range of 480km and is expected to increase to 550km as technology continues to advance. To put things into perspective, the average Australian drives 38km per day, so an EV owner could travel for at least 10 days without a recharge.

Aren’t EVs and hybrids vehicles expensive to buy? — MYTH

Apart from saving thousands of dollars on fuel each year, there are a wide range of cheap EVs and hybrids starting from as little as $28,370 + on-road costs.

Here are the best hybrid and electric vehicles in Australia for 2019-2020

Hyundai Ioniq 2020 (Electric and Hybrid Elite)

Pure Electric

Price: from $48,490 

Power: 100 kW/ 295 nM 

Driving range: up to 311km

Safety rating: 5 Star ANCAP

Hybrid Elite

Price: from $34,790 

Engine: 1.6-L 4cyl petrol electric motor

Power: Petrol  — 77 kW / 147 Nm, Electric — 32 kW / 170 Nm

Driving range: up to 63km for electric with quick overnight charge

Efficiency: Hybrid 3.4-3.9L/ 100km (combined)

Safety rating: 5 Star ANCAP

Toyota Corolla SX Hybrid 2019

Price: from $28,370 

Transmission: CVT Automatic, front-wheel drive

Engine: 1.8 4cyl petrol twin electric motor 

Power: Petrol — 72 kW/ 142Nm, Electric — 53 kW/ 163Nm 

Efficiency: 4.2L/100km 

Safety rating: 5 Star ANCAP

Toyota RAV4 GXL Hybrid

Price: $38,490

Transmission: CVT Automatic, all-wheel drive

Engine: 2.5-L 4cyl petrol twin electric motor

Power: Petrol — 131 kW/ 221Nm, Electric 163kW/ 202Nm

Driving range: short distances on pure electric mode

Efficiency: 4.8L/ 100km

Safety rating: 5 Star ANCAP

Towing capability: 1500kg braked/750kg unbraked 

Nissan Leaf Electric 2019

Price: from $49,990

Power: 110kW/ 320Nm, 40kWh lithium-ion battery

Driving range: 270km

Efficiency: 14kWh per 100km

Safety rating: 5 Star ANCAP

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2019

Price: from $45,990

Transmission: Direct-drive automatic, all-wheel drive

Engine: 2.0-L 4cyl petrol twin electric motor

Power: Petrol — 87kW/ 186Nm, Electric — 120kW/ 332Nm 

Driving range: 54km on electric

Efficiency: 17.L/100km, 54km EV range

Safety rating: 4 Star ANCAP

Towing capability: up to 680kg

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles coming soon to Australia

Porsche Taycan

Expected to cost around $200,000 AUD

Audi e-tron

Expected to cost around $150,000 – $170,000 AU

Mini Cooper SE Electric

Expected to cost around $55,000 AUD

Mercedes EQC

Expected to cost around $150,000 AUD

Ford Escape Hybrid

Starting price around $52,940 AUD

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Starting price around $27,000 AUD

For those wanting to get their hands on a Tesla Model Y, reservations aren’t even available in Australia yet.

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