Industry sales data reveals Australians have purchased 7618 electric vehicles so far this year, across 23 models. But which model grade within each range is most popular? We source the numbers to find out.
Each month, Australia’s chief new-car industry body – the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries – publishes VFACTS reports detailing the sales of every make and new car, SUV, ute and van model in the country.
However, the data is limited when it comes to electric vehicle sales, particularly those based on existing petrol cars – and sheds little to no light on buyer preferences by model grade.
With data sourced from manufacturers, Drive has compiled a guide to the top-selling model variants of the electric vehicles on sale in Australia (including one upcoming model) so far this year.
Note: Tesla Australia does not respond to media enquiries, and thus was unavailable for contact to obtain Model 3 variant sales data. Information from third-party service Carloop (via The Driven) has been referenced below, however this data has not been verified by Tesla or Drive.
All prices listed are before on-road costs, unless otherwise stated.
Small cars, SUVs and vans
- Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Elite base model ($49,970), 62.4 per cent
- Hyundai Kona Electric – Highlander Extended Range top-spec ($64,000), 37.4 per cent
- Kia Niro EV – S base model ($62,590), 70 per cent
- Mazda MX-30 Electric – one model on sale ($65,490)
- MG ZS EV (pre-order data, due in July) – Essence flagship $49,990
- Nissan Leaf – 40kWh base model ($50,990), 63 per cent
- Renault Kangoo – one model on sale ($50,390)
Mid-size cars and SUVs
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 225kW AWD flagship ($75,900), 67.5 per cent
- Kia EV6 – GT-Line AWD flagship ($82,990), 51 per cent (with a higher percentage seen in pending orders)
Small cars and SUVs
- Lexus UX300e – Sports Luxury flagship ($81,000), 80 per cent
- Mercedes-Benz EQA – one model on sale ($76,800)
- Mini Cooper SE – Classic and Mini Yours tie ($55,650 to $62,825), 50 per cent each
- Volvo C40 Recharge (pre-order data, due after July) – Twin Motor flagship ($82,490), 92 per cent
- Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – Twin Motor flagship ($79,990), 96 per cent
Mid-size cars and SUVs
- BMW i4 – eDrive40 entry model ($99,900), 55 per cent
- BMW iX3 – one model on sale ($114,900)
- Jaguar I-Pace – SE and HSE tie ($142,580 to $155,550), 50 per cent each
- Mercedes-Benz EQC – data not provided by Mercedes-Benz Australia (two models, $124,300 to $141,300)
- Polestar 2 – Long Range Dual Motor flagship ($69,900 until recently)
- Tesla Model 3 – RWD entry model ($63,900), 81 per cent (according to Carloop)
Bonus: Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor is followed “closely” by Long Range Single Motor, and then Standard Range Single Motor.
Large cars and SUVs
- Audi E-Tron – Sportback 55 quattro ($159,900), under 30 per cent
- BMW iX – xDrive40 base/Sport (from $135,900), 82 per cent
- Porsche Taycan – 4S ($198,800)
Bonus: Audi E-Tron Sportback 50 and 55 models account for 50 per cent of all E-Tron sales. E-Tron S, despite launching in March, already at 40 per cent of total sales.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.