The EVs you can buy right now and what they’ll cost you

James Coleman 4 June 2021 131
Electric vehicles at the World EV Day event in Canberra

Electric vehicles at the World EV Day event in Canberra in September 2020. Photo: James Coleman.

With the ACT Government announcing two years’ free registration for new and used electric vehicles acquired after 24 May, in addition to new EVs being exempt from stamp duty, there’s never been a better time to think about ditching your petrol or diesel drive.

And that’s before governments really get to work with additional taxes on fossil-fuelled vehicles.


READ ALSO: EV incentives accelerated with free registration and more charging stations


Combined, the incentives take about five percent off the cost of an EV, so here are some new models you should look at and what you can now expect to pay for them (approximately).

MG electric vehicle

Every electric car seems to have blue on it somewhere. Photo: MG Cars UK.

MG ZS EV ($41,790)

ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury recently bought an MG ZS EV, the cheapest new electric vehicle currently sold in Australia. On top of the standard warranty and roadside assistance, MG also includes an eight-year, 160,000 km “battery warranty”, fast becoming a must-have with electric cars.

As with range in a car with an internal combustion engine, it depends entirely on what you do with it, but MG estimates an average of 263 km. An 80 per cent charge can be achieved in about 45 minutes on a fast charger or a full charge in seven hours through a standard socket at home.

Hyundai EV

An EV towing a caravan? It can be done. Photo: James Coleman

Hyundai IONIQ Electric ($49,284) and Kona Electric ($63,851)

Warranties and charging times for the South Korean sedan and SUV duo are comparable with the MG, but both offer more range – around 300 to 400 km.

Unlike the MG, Hyundai realised that electric cars don’t need a grille at the front, although the IONIQ does boast “active shutters”, which open and close depending on cooling requirements.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf. Photo by Rob Olgivie.

Nissan Leaf ($61,741)

It’s one of the longest-standing names on the EV scene but each new Leaf model seems to be more expensive than the last.

Fortunately, the Leaf is also proving popular with independent importers who ship examples from Japan for a lot less than the new price. IonDNA, a dealership in Fyshwick devoted to electric vehicles, has several Nissan Leafs on sale from about $20,000, in near factory-new condition.


READ ALSO: Turning a new Leaf in the push to electric cars


Sonja Skagen with her Jaguar I-Pace

Sonja Skagen, the proud owner of a Jaguar I-Pace, Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Jaguar I-Pace ($134,690+)

Sonja Skagen says she loves the feeling of all-wheel drive and her husband already had a Jaguar F-Type sports car, so when her Subaru Forester became a casualty of Canberra’s hail storm, she upgraded to the I-Pace, Jaguar’s first all-electric car. She says it gets her to the coast and back with no trouble, and it’s scarily quick: 0-100 km/h takes just 4.8 seconds.

Tesla Model 3

The Model 3, the entry-level ticket into the Tesla range. Photo: James Coleman.

Tesla Model 3 ($62,990+), Model S ($132,718+), and Model X ($157,418+)

Elon Musk and his Californian upstart was the manufacturer that made the other car companies sit up and take EVs seriously. Tesla showed the world an electric car means instant torque, head-snapping acceleration and even Fart mode (Google it … you’ve been warned).

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz EQC. Photo: Daimler Media.

Mercedes-Benz EQC ($141,400+)

By and large, electric cars are still made of the same stuff as every other car before them, but with EQC, Mercedes says they have gone a step further and used renewable raw materials such as hemp, kenaf, wool, cotton, paper and natural rubber in 99 of the EQC’s components. Included in the price is also a five-year subscription to Chargefox, Australia’s largest network of charging stations.

Audi e-tron Sportback

No, you can’t just pull it out as a prank. Photo: Audi Australia

Audi e-tron ($148,100+)

The e-tron is much like Audi’s gazillion other SUVs. It’s beautifully sculptured and solid, but in case you missed the lower-case ‘e’ in the name, it’s electric. And – a one-up on Mercedes – the Audi comes with a six-year Chargefox subscription.

Porsche Taycan

The Taycan, as specced by Queanbeyan’s own Mark Webber. Photo: Porsche Newsroom.

Porsche Taycan ($191,000+)

Until five minutes ago, Tesla was the coolest EV in the world. Then the Porsche Taycan arrived. The four-door Taycan is causing even die-hard petrolheads to give some ground to the EV movement, possibly helped by the fact it entered the Guinness World Records last year for “the longest drift in an electric vehicle”. Everybody is a little puzzled as to why there is a turbo version, though.

But wait, there’s more…

The internal combustion engine will be with us for some years yet, but the writing is definitely on the wall. With that in mind, every carmaker is turning their attention to electric or petrol-electric hybrids.

The Mazda MX-30, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Mercedes-Benz EQA, BMW iX and Tesla Model Y – to name a few – are either open to order now or will be very soon. The Honda-e, a funky little electric hatchback, is also on the cards for the IonDNA dealership.

The future is here, even if it still isn’t exactly cheap.


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131 Responses to The EVs you can buy right now and what they’ll cost you
rsm1105 rsm1105 7:33 am 07 Jun 21

Stoked we get to subsidize rich people and their virtue.

XK140 XK140 4:47 pm 03 Jun 21

I wish journos would stop referring to BATTERY – ELECTRIC cars as being simply ELECTRIC VEHICLES or EVs. Anything with BATTERIES is an environmental disaster which I thought was the main reason to promote a change from fossil fuel cars to ‘Electric’. Its not just what comes out of the exhaust pipe that effects the environment. So if you want a genuine Environmentally friendly car, there are already viable FUEL CELL or HYDROGEN-ELECTRIC cars running around, with refueling times and vehicle range similar to current fossil fuel cars. These are the way of the future, not environmentally disastrous battery cars with pathetic refueling times, huge impact on the power grid, and range that only works for round town limited driving…. Your average BATTERY-Electric car has 450-500kg of batteries, of which 10-15kg of Lithium included. Try googling the environmental impact of MINING, then REFINING Lithium, and then what happens to all the dead batteries after 5 – 7 years……
These are the issues a responsible journo would be interested in and reporting…..

    Maya123 Maya123 5:29 pm 03 Jun 21

    I am looking forward to hydrogen cars, as electric cars simply don’t work for me, as they don’t go where I would want to take them. Hydrogen would work though, and seems more viable in a country such as Australia, where not all present petrol stations are on the electric grid.

    cycladelec cycladelec 12:27 pm 05 Jun 21

    Absolute misinformation. HFCEV are no real advance on ICEV. They need more components than a battery electric vehicle, having battery and electric motor PLUS tank and fuel cell. ICEV depend on rare earths in components and for the production of fuel. Batteries are reusable over and over again, then repurposeable and finally recyclable with little loss of the vital minerals. https://www.transportenvironment.org/publications/batteries-vs-oil-comparison-raw-material-needs. Many EV batteries are WARRANTIED for 8 years. The CURRENT grid is capable of handling 60-70% EV penetration with scheduled charging. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S014206151931645X

    XK140 XK140 12:39 pm 06 Jun 21

    Your response totally misses my point, and indeed is your misinformation headline.
    No one is talking about BATTERY cars versus Fossil Fuel cars – but given you raised it, and your referenced link – 20% (optimistic???) reuse of Lithium by 2035 is hardly going to do anything remotely environmentally friendly relative to the ongoing MINING and REFINING disaster for ongoing demand for Lithium based batteries. What do you think all the regime change initiatives in Bolivia are all about….. But give us a break – 20% recyclable target for Lithium by 2035 is hardly “Batteries are reusable over and over” – they are an environmental disaster with no likelihood of any improvement of consequence……. Regardless, battery vehicles are a pathetic transport solution with ridiculous recharging/refuelling times and a range only good for around town city running with impossible infrastructure needs if more than a small % takeup. And an added 1-2 tonne tare mass for commercial vehicles that are all about their load carrying capacity – including number of passengers in a bus – within the axle load limits to not destroy the roads…

teddy bear teddy bear 1:30 pm 03 Jun 21

MG’s are made in China. I won’t touch them until they stop bullying us with their trade restrictions, excess tariffs and quotas. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 2:33 pm 03 Jun 21

    It would be interesting to hear where all the others are made – I think all Teslas are made in America (which helps to Make America Great Again).

Colleen Metha Colleen Metha 6:24 pm 02 Jun 21

Joe, worth a read

Martin Ross Martin Ross 5:40 pm 02 Jun 21

I’ll stick to a Toyota petrol hybrid thanks.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:24 am 02 Jun 21

“Cary Elliot Johnson then, consider a battery pack that can be built into the caravan sub frame that the vehicle can draw from during transit.”

The minimum cost of an EV battery is $10,000 – some are three times that. The number of solar panels that would go on a caravan wouldn’t recharge a normal car battery let alone a couple of EV batteries and of course, solar doesn’t work at night.

There are also weight limitations on towing caravans.

    chewy14 chewy14 9:20 am 02 Jun 21

    Capital Retro,
    You’re right on a couple of points but wrong on others.

    You’re right that it’s unlikely PV on a caravan would ever be likely to provide sufficient charge to store enough electricity to run an EV. But wrong about them not being able to charge a car battery.

    Well designed caravan PV systems will give you a few kWhr’s storage, maybe up to 10 per day, depending on weather and time of year. Which is more than plenty for a car battery.

    But to get good range on a caravan towing EV in the future, you’re going to need way more than that. The Tesla S has a 100kWhr battery for instance.

    But it’s not a silly idea to include batteries in the caravan structure to extend EV range in the future. It’s highly likely that’s exactly what will happen, they will just require charging from the grid.

Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 8:11 pm 01 Jun 21

With caravaning (RV) being the hot travel option at the moment, I'm interested in what will tow up to 2 tonne plus carry weight. Also, whether the travel range halves when towing, like combustion vehicles experience. If so, i reckon exploring the purchase of a caravan park will be a profit opportunity if EVs can only go 100-200km if when towing like combustion vehicles

    Rob Malcom Rob Malcom 8:20 pm 01 Jun 21

    Cary Elliot Johnson then, consider a battery pack that can be built into the caravan sub frame that the vehicle can draw from during transit. Then, when you are set up for camping, Solar can charge the vans batteries and the car. Therefore, you extend the range of the vehicle when towing and extend the range and use of vehicle while camping.

    Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 8:22 pm 01 Jun 21

    Rob Malcom great idea actually. But if i want to travel further, I'll have to set up camp 5 nights just to get to QLD, or even the Great Ocean road. 😂

    Rob Malcom Rob Malcom 8:32 pm 01 Jun 21

    Cary Elliot Johnson charging will get better. The tech will be built into cars paint and panels on vans will keep charging while on the move. My bet is on this tech for the future. The combustion engine has had its 100 years in the sun. Ford is going to lead the way now. Tesla and Toyota merely opened the door.

    Watch the long way up with Ewen McGregor and Charlie Borman. Not a fan of the Harley, but it showed the ugly side of EV’s in the early years. I did however love the notion of a quiet ride.

    Rob Malcom Rob Malcom 8:34 pm 01 Jun 21

    The car will pull the van, which will charge the inverters in the vans wheels. A good size van with 4 wheels will charge 4 inverters.

    Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 8:35 pm 01 Jun 21

    Rob Malcom agree. And despite really wanting to purchase an EV, until travel factors and towing ability are improved, I'm going combustion guilt free. ❤️😉

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 4:51 pm 03 Jun 21

    Cary Elliot Johnson Hyundai Ioniq 5 is rated for 1600kg towing. I tow a camper trailer with my Hyundai Kona. It knocks about a third off the range - from over 400km to a bit under 300km. Recharging at caravan parks is easy if you book a powered site. I plug the trailer into the 15A outlet supplied and the car plugs into the trailer's 10A outlet to trickle charge while we stay at the camp site.

    Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 6:46 pm 03 Jun 21

    Peter Campbell good to hear that Kona is getting us closer to the upper range of towing weights

    Robert Spiller Robert Spiller 9:12 pm 05 Jun 21

    Rob Malcom you can never produce more power than you need to create it. The load created by four generators on the caravan wheels will also create more drag which will use more power to tow. Endless cycle.

    Rob Malcom Rob Malcom 11:57 pm 05 Jun 21

    Robert Spiller the laws of thermal dynamics.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:17 pm 01 Jun 21

“Can I trade in my neighbour’s BARKING DOG ?”

Paul Mathews you have my sympathy but this government is totally dysfunctional when it come to dog control.

Virtue signaling is another matter.

Paul Mathews Paul Mathews 5:05 pm 01 Jun 21

Can I trade in my neighbour's BARKING DOG ?

kenm kenm 3:15 pm 01 Jun 21

I will wait for Lamborghini to release their electric cars, and then have the peasantry pay my rego for 2 years. This is a great initiative. Having people who can’t afford to buy a new car subsidise my running costs is brilliant.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 11:30 am 01 Jun 21

“……….remember the first mobile phones cost $10,000 and were the size of a brick……”

I had one of these, a Motorola I think it was and it didn’t cost $10,000. Less than half that price I think.

    JS9 JS9 1:47 pm 01 Jun 21

    I’m suprised CR with your love of technology you don’t still have one of those…..

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 2:50 pm 01 Jun 21

    I think it is stored away in the garage. The battery clapped out before the analogue service was withdrawn. I had the Telstra “007” car phone too. They revolutionized the way I did business and no, I didn’t rave about them and tell everyone they should get one.

Tom Worthington Tom Worthington 10:16 am 01 Jun 21
    Capital Retro Capital Retro 11:28 am 01 Jun 21

    Well, if EV’s batteries can store only renewable energy they are next to useless.

    Internal combustion vehicles have fuel tanks which both fossil OR bio fuels.

    JS9 JS9 1:45 pm 01 Jun 21

    Didn’t know there were different types of electrons out there….

    Some of the nonsense being pedalled on this thread is ridiculous.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 2:51 pm 01 Jun 21

    No more ridiculous than the spin associated with these new fangled EVs.

Angus Fung Angus Fung 8:30 am 01 Jun 21

Ev car’s battery can be dead if no charging station is provided in the city.

Martin Stanton Martin Stanton 6:47 am 01 Jun 21

it doesn't matter to me how good these cars are, nor how far they get on a charge. I'll never afford one on my wage, new or even worse, used. Low income earner getting close to my last days of work. The fuel I use will be the last thing on my mind, there'll be far more important things to find money for!!

    Ben Garden Ben Garden 8:54 am 01 Jun 21

    Martin Stanton just remember the first mobile phones cost $10,000 and were the size of a brick. I assume you might have a mobile phone now? Price will be same as ice vehicles in 2-3 years and then there will also be cheaper second hand EVs starting to be available

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 4:56 pm 03 Jun 21

    Martin Stanton A Holden Volt might suit. There are 4 for sale at the moment on carsales in the $20thousands. It is a proper electric car which gives 60-70km of range. I used to own one for a couple of years before buying a long range EV. The Volt can do all local driving from the battery charged from an ordinary power point. If you drive further than the pure electric range, a petrol generator starts up automatically to prevent the battery charge falling below a set minimum level.

    I averaged 2.2L/100km for my particular mix of local and longer trips. If you always plug in and mainly drive locally, you could use almost no petrol. These were really well made and examples of the Chevy Volt in the US have had 100s of thousands of miles on the clock with little or no battery degradation.

    Martin Stanton Martin Stanton 6:14 pm 03 Jun 21

    I'm a low income earner at the end of working life. I have to make my small savings last the rest of my life! $20,000 may as well be $200,000 for all the chance I have! A second hand EV is an unsound investment. The cost of new battery pack alone is more than a good petrol car that will last 20-30 years if looked after. EV batteries can be past use by date in less the 10 years. A petrol engine/transmission can be serviced many times over for the cost of one battery pack for an EV! I know one day they will be well sorted, I'll be long gone before that happens!! We are only at the Ford model T stage today with EV's.

Woody Brenden Woody Brenden 11:30 pm 31 May 21

I just got a new Tesla Model 3 after driving a diesel for 10 years. Cannot even begin to describe how much better the experience is. I did my first road trip to the South Coast yesterday and it was so much fun to drive. So much for Scotty from marketing claiming that EVs were gonna cause the end of the weekend 😆

    Ben Garden Ben Garden 8:53 am 01 Jun 21

    Woody Brenden you’ll never look back. Tesla model 3 performance is best vehicle we’ve ever had and is so far ahead in performance and tech it’s embarrassing. They may be too expensive right now for most, but the future looks bright when prices achieve parity in next few years. Driving an ICE vehicle now feels prehistoric and clunky and there is no way we would ever go back...

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 7:48 pm 31 May 21

So the cheapest new electric vehicle currently available here is $40k+ and some are salivating at the prospect of penalties on people who are struggling to keep the “clunker” on the road while paying all the other bills –

“And that’s before governments really get to work with additional taxes on fossil-fuelled vehicles.”

Can’t possibly imagine why “The Bubble” resonates as a nickname for Canberra outside of Canberra…….

Finagen_erection Finagen_erection 6:32 pm 31 May 21

So many readers leaving comments, for and against. It will be irrelevant what individual consumers and complainers say. The new EURO7 standard will drive our car choices, and it says no more pollutants in our atmosphere from new cars by 2025.

Get over your small minded CBR range anxiety. It’s going to be EV for 5 years, then HV will take over.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:21 pm 31 May 21

    While the EURO7 standards may drive our car choices, the soon to collapse Australian Dollar will drive the prices of these make-believe pollutant free EVs through the roof.

    How about double the existing price?

MERC600 MERC600 5:41 pm 31 May 21

@Luke Reeves .. interested in your comment ”Good thing the ACT is running on 100% renewable energy.”
Regret to advise that at 5.34 this arvo NSW, and the ACT ,was warming up by the following generators pushing out leccy as thus …..
COAL 6,632 MW
HYDRO 1,761 MW
GAS 608 MW
WIND 127 MW
SOLAR 0 MW

Like a lot of things politicians tell us, it has to be taken with a grain of salt. Mainly cause first their lips moved.

    chewy14 chewy14 8:50 pm 31 May 21

    You do realise that the renewable numbers you’ve just provided are well in excess of the maximum ACT electricity demand right?

    So despite the fact that the ACT’s renewable purchases are not to provide every electron that is used here but rather a ‘net’ figure for electricity over the year, the numbers you’ve provided show that the ACT could easily have been using 100% renewable power at the exact time you’ve mentioned.

    Talk about an own goal. Hahaha.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:40 am 01 Jun 21

    I thought the ACT was getting most of its so-called renewable electricity from South Australia, not NSW.

    Then, I’m not an expert on these matters but I can unashamedly state that when I am cold I don’t care where the electricity comes from and how many bits of carbon it has in it.

    chewy14 chewy14 9:52 am 01 Jun 21

    Capital Retro,
    this is the advantage of having a national electricity market that is connected throughout the eastern states and SA. It doesn’t matter where the electricity is produced, it all goes into the same market and grid.

Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 4:04 pm 31 May 21

This is what I need an EV to be before it will work for me. At least AWD (preferably 4WD) and clearance for driving off road. At least 500kms between charges for those long outback roads, and infrastructure added to those outback roads which are not now connected to the grid, so I can charge it. Big enough in the back, so I can camp in it. At present I have an AWD Subaru XV which, although it is underpowered, can do most of the things I want. Big steep, gravel covered hills I have accepted the car does not have the power for. However, it can go places that none of those cars look like they could manage, mainly because of clearance. And the Subaru costs a lot less than any of them. I also can get a single mattress in the back for camping.

As for driving around the town, for everyday, there are often alternatives. For instance, I picked a place to live where I could ride to work or catch a bus. Going to the mall, a bus. I walked to the local shops. I did take the car at night places, but that wasn't an everyday thing.

A car must be able to do all things, unless you are rich enough to afford more than one car. Then, if you are better financially off than many other people, get that electric car and be subsidised by the local government for being better rich enough to afford that second car, which many others can't afford.

Bring on the hydrogen cars.

    Grant Patterson Grant Patterson 5:22 pm 31 May 21

    Julie Macklin this should be out late next year, first deliveries in the US in July: https://rivian.com/r1t

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 5:51 pm 31 May 21

    Grant Patterson Something went wrong when I clicked on it, but I can see the image here. I'm in Australia, not the US. It doesn't appear to have room inside it for a single mattress to sleep on and I don't want a ute. Sleeping in it allows longer time travelling, as I avoid the cost of expensive motels; the cost of which would limit my travel. This vehicle looks way out of my price range too. My Subaru cost about A$30,000. There is still the lack of infrastructure in outback places to charge it.

    Bobby B Bear Bobby B Bear 12:14 am 01 Jun 21

    Wow, a Rivian would even pull Scotty's trailer.

    and it has 110v outlets too.

    and a boot under the bonnet.

    Natalia Komarova Natalia Komarova 8:29 am 01 Jun 21

    Grant Patterson that’s one ugly car.

    Peter Campbell Peter Campbell 4:48 pm 03 Jun 21

    Julie Macklin Hyundai Ioniq 5 will do. There is an AWD version, long range etc.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 6:51 pm 03 Jun 21

    Peter Campbell And how much does this cost? My present car cost about $30,000. Does it have ground clearance and room to put a single mattress in the back? Even if that all adds up, there's still the problem of charging it in places like the NT and I imagine north west WA.

    Added: I looked at picture, and it lacks ground clearance for off road. It's really low.

rationalobserver rationalobserver 3:42 pm 31 May 21

The biggest cost to owning an EV is not financial, it is the embarrassment and social ridicule that follows when you admit it.

    A Nonny Mouse A Nonny Mouse 5:13 pm 03 Jun 21

    Nevermind. You think that. The EV driver will just leave you behind at the lights – literally and metaphorically.

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