Electric cars are in the headlines once again as gasoline prices soar towards $2.20 and above.
The Queensland state government has finally joined forces with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia in offering an electric car discount, and says its goal is to have electric cars make up all new car sales by 2036, and to convert its entire state fleet by 2026.
Scott Morrison’s LNP has announced $243 million in grants for manufacturing projects related to electric vehicles despite declaring (incorrectly) in 2019 that electric cars can’t tow boats or take you to your favorite weekend spot.
And so, as more drivers look to use electric to get off the wagon, and because Queenslanders can also apply for a $3,000 discount on new electric vehicles priced at $58,000 or less, we’re taking a look at what you can get for that amount.
As noted by The Drive on Wednesday, there are currently only six electric vehicles, in total of seven variants, available to order in Australia for less than $58,000.
They are the BYD Atto 3 (available with two battery/range options), Hyundai’s Ioniq fastback and Kona EV, MG ZS EV, Nissan Leaf short range and Renault Kangoo electric truck. We’ll give you a quick summary of each and be sure to check out the comparison chart at the end of this article.
BYD Atto 3 Compact SUV
The first to enter the market from China EV giant BYD, the Atto 3 is a refurbished Yuan Plus electric crossover and is the only vehicle currently available to order that comes with two-way charging to mount the vehicle via a portable adapter that acts as a generator for the power source.
There are two battery options: a 50kWh battery for the Ultra, which has a driving range of 320 kilometers (WLTP), and a 60kWh battery for the Ultra extended range, which has a driving range of 420 kilometers (WLTP). Both vehicles will be equipped with a bladed lithium iron phosphate battery, which BYD claims is the safest battery on the market.
The Atto 3 with a short-range battery costs a minimum of $4,1381.35 and $4,381.35 for the long-range option before costs on the road and after a $3,000 rebate is applied.
Hyundai Ioniq Fastback
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is one of three available Hyundai Ioniq Electric vehicles (also available as a Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid).
Not to be confused with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 crossover, this fast electric vehicle has a 38.3 kWh battery (usable capacity) and longer range than the original 2019 model.
It now sits just under $50,000 before road costs, and delivers 110 kW of power and 295 Nm of torque. Although it is now one of the older EV models available from Hyundai, it’s still a good choice for budget-conscious drivers wanting to switch to electric.
Inside, ambient lighting and an updated dashboard as well as a redesigned grille area make the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq stand out from its 2019 predecessor.
Hyundai Kona EV Compact SUV
The updated Kona Electric got a revamped design in 2021, ditching the old honeycomb “grid” in favor of a sleek nose and new charging port location.
It is available in Australia with two battery options, a 42 kWh battery with a 100 kW motor that starts at just $54,500.
Unlike the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Kona EV sits on what was originally a combustion engine platform, so it has reduced space in the rear due to a higher floor to accommodate the battery.
Nevertheless, it won the hearts of many electric vehicle drivers and in 2020 took the second place in terms of electric vehicle purchases behind the Tesla Model 3.
MG ZS EV Compact SUV
The 2022 MG ZS EV is first scheduled for delivery in mid-2022 and is already available to order in the Excite class from $46,990 driving away and the more luxurious Essence class from $49,990 drive-by – subtract $3,000 of that in NSW, SA, Victoria and Queensland discounts.
Both new variants will come with a 51 kWh battery with a driving range of 320 km on a single charge, complemented by a new electric motor and better battery management.
The ZS EV has a new look on the outside, with a closed grille area with a hidden charging port, 21-unit self-dimming LED headlights at the front and 9-LED headlights at the rear, and new milled headlights with 17-inch rims.
Inside, the 2022 ZS EV features a default 7-inch cluster on the dashboard, as well as a new 10.1-inch floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, setting it apart from its predecessor, which had a traditional built-in display. .
Nissan Leaf Hatch
The short-range Nissan Leaf is a mainstay for electric vehicles, having been around for more than a decade and being reintroduced to Australia in 2019.
While also available as a Leaf e+ with a longer-range 62 kWh battery, this variant has a 40 kWh battery which offers an electric range of 240 km – enough for everyday use.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf Electric makes a compelling case in the electric car industry’s lowest pricing category, with twice the range of its predecessor, bi-directional charging (which we should note is still being trialled by ANU), and a flexible interior.
Renault Kangoo Z
The only electric vehicle from Renault available in Australia After Zoe recalled citing the lack of a supportive EV policy in Australia, the Kangoo ZE electric truck was built for domestic business and delivery.
It has a large charging capacity at the rear (4 cu m) but charging options are very limited: there is no DC fast charging, and AC options include 3 kW (16 A single phase) or 7 kW (32 A single phase) using a socket from Type 2 IEC 62196.
While a new version has been released in Europe, there’s no word yet on a local release.
|Model name||Ato 3||Ato 3||ionic electric||Kona Electric||ZS EV||a sheet||kangoo|
|variable name||Standard range||extended range||no change||Standard range||2022||natural||Maxi ZE 33|
|year of production||2022||2022||2019||2019||2023||2018||2017|
|charging port||type 2||type 2||type 2||type 2||type 2||type 2||type 2|
|condition||July 2022||July 2022||yes||yes||July 2022||yes||yes|
|acceleration||7.3 seconds||7.3 seconds||7.4 seconds||9.9 seconds||8.6 s||7.9 seconds||22.4 seconds|
|maximum speed||There are no data||There are no data||165 km/h||155 km/h||175 km/h||144 km/h||130 km/h|
|torque||310 N||310 N||295 N||395 N||280 N||320 N||225 N|
|Energy||150 kW||150 kW||110 kW||100 kW||130 kW||110 kW||44 kW|
|Driving type||In front of me||In front of me||In front of me||In front of me||In front of me||In front of me||In front of me|
|efficiency||157 W/km||144 W/km||123 W/km||129 W/km||151 W/km||137 W/km||115 W/km|
|battery capacity||52.5 kWh||63.8 kWh||40.4 kWh||42 kWh||51.1 kWh||40 kWh||33 kWh|
|usable battery||50.1 kWh||59.5 kWh||38.3 kWh||39.2 kWh||49 kWh||36 kWh||31 kWh|
|Charging port (AC) location||Unavailable||Unavailable||Left side – back||middle front||middle front||middle front||middle front|
|Charging rate (AC)||7 kW AC||7 kW AC||7.2 kW AC||11 kW AC||6.6 kW AC||6.6 kW AC||7.4 kW|
|Charging time (AC)||7 hours 10 minutes||8 hours 30 minutes||6 hours and 15 minutes||4 hours and 15 minutes||8 hours 45 minutes||11 hours 45 minutes||5 hours|
|Fast charge rate (DC)||80 kW||80 kW||50 kW||100 kW||50 kW (TBC)||50 kW||–|
|Fast charging time 0-100% (DC)||40 minutes||45 minutes||45 minutes||50 minutes||60 minutes||43 minutes||–|
|DC fast charging port||CCS2||CCS DC kilowatts||CCS2||CCS2||CCS2||Shadimo||No DC kW data|
|FC . port location||Right side – front||Right side – front||Left side – back||front – middle||front – middle||front – middle||–|
|Driving range (comb)||320 km (WLTP)||420 km (WLTP)||311 km (WLTP)||305 km (WLTP)||320 km (WLTP)||270 km (WLTP)|
|Driving range (real world)||285 km||375 km||274 km||272 km||285 km||240 km||240 km|
|body style||SUV cars||SUV cars||recoil car||SUV cars||SUV cars||hatchback|
|The ability to transport goods||434 liters||434 liters||357 liters||361 liters||448 liters||435 liters||1300 liters|
|wheelbase||2719 mm||2719 mm||2700 mm||2600 mm||2581 mm||2700 mm||3081 mm|
|curb weight||1612 kg||1690 kg||1602 kg||1610 kg||1570 kg||1580 kg||1630 kg|
|Dimensions||4455 x 1613 x 1874 mm||4455 x 1613 x 1874 mm||4470 x 1450 x 1820 mm||4180x1570x1800 mm||4322 x 1648 x 1809 mm||4490x1530x1788 mm|
|Vehicle loading capacity||yes||yes||no||no||no||no||no|
|Vehicle network capacity||no||no||no||no||no||yes||no|
This article has been updated to clarify the presence of the shorter-range Kona EV in Australia.