2024 Goes Electric: Which EVs are Coming to Australian Showrooms
It may have been a slow start to the technological tide of the electric vehicle but Australian motorists are now well on the way to embracing the latest EV models. In 2024, more than 35 new EVs will be launched with prices from the affordable $50,000 range to beyond $200,000.
Support for electric vehicles has been building over the past two years as car manufacturers announce production plans and eager buyers start placing orders. On the way is a new line up of electric SUVs, hatchbacks, sedans, commercial vans, and even a two-seater convertible.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come:
Toyota BZ4X (2024 H1)
This is Toyota’s first self-badged EV production car for Australia and ends questions about whether the giant Japanese car-maker was prepared to make a full EV.
Silly question. Toyota has been making fully electric cars for years, including the Lexus UX300e and Lexus RZ450e, and built the Subaru Solterra EV which shares its underbody with the BZ4X. This Toyota mid-size SUV, about the size of the RAV4, is here in February. No pricing yet but it claims a range of up to 500km.
On the market will be front and all-wheel-drive variants with a single 150kW motor in the FWD model and two 80kW motors in the AWD for a total of 160kW. 0-100 acceleration times of 8.4 seconds or 7.7 seconds respectively.
Both versions will have a 71.4kWh battery system, with 500km and 460km ranges listed overseas for the FWD and AWD variants, respectively.
What else is coming?
Abarth 500e (2024 H1)
The performance version of the Fiat 500e is expected here in the first half of the year with a price of about $60,000. It claims a range of 252km.
Too early for prices and no data on the expected fuel range.
Top-shelf performance SUV with a price tag of about $174,000 and a range of 471km.
Expect a price of under $85,000 and a range of 562km for the Audi Q4 e-tron.
BMW i50 (2024 Q4)
The BMW i5 badge has been anticipated for more than a decade, following the i3 and i8. Pricing is about $155,000 and it will be here in the final quarter of this year.
BMW iX2 eDrive20 (mid-2024)
All-electric small SUV with an appealing $83,000 price tag and a decent 477km range.
BMW iX2 eDrive30 (2024 H1)
Bit more fizz in this version which is expected to cost about $86,000 and have a range of 449km.
Cadillac Lyriq (2024 Q3)
Not many details about price or range but GMSV is pushing for its local launch. It’s a big modern and classy-looking mid-size SUV, built on GM’s Ultium “skateboard” EV architecture. No local pricing but as an example, the high-performance dual-motor version is a rival in the US for the Audi Q8 e-tron, which is about $150,000 in Australia.
Chery Omoda 5 EV (2024 H2)
No pricing yet but is anticipated to have a range of 450km.
Ford e-Transit Custom (2024 H1)
The E-Transit Custom comes equipped with a single motor, generating 160kW and 415Nm, and exclusively powers the rear wheels. This model is distinguished by its 400-volt system, incorporating a 74-kWh battery pack. Notably, this battery pack utilizes 81.2Ah pouch cells, identical to those found in the larger F-150 Lightning, popular in the American market.
As for its driving capabilities, it boasts a WLTP-certified range of 380km. A range of 307km is anticipated, though its price range remains undisclosed.
Ford Puma EV (2024 H2)
City EV hatch. Few details yet.
Hyundai Ioniq 5N (2024 H1)
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, a high-performance variant of the IONIQ 5, is priced at $111,000. It boasts an impressive range of 450km. This model is equipped with a powerful 478kW engine, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. This level of performance places it on par with the Porsche Taycan 4S in terms of power output and overall performance capabilities.
Hyundai Ioniq 7 (2024 H2)
Large electric SUV with seven seats and is similar in dimensions to the Palisade SUV. It shares much of its drivetrain and chassis with the Kia EV9.
Jeep Avenger (2024 H2)
The latest model from the Stellantis group boasts a WLTP-tested combined range of up to 400km, though its pricing remains unspecified. Mechanically, it shares similarities with the Peugeot E-2008 and the Fiat 600e. This model is unique as it is exclusively front-wheel drive, marking a departure from traditional Jeep models known for their trail capabilities.
Kia EV9 (mid-2024)
Big seven-seater SUV with boxy ‘new-age’ styling shared with Hyundai’s next Santa Fe. Buyers can choose from a seven- or six-seat layout, with captain's chairs in the second row for the latter.
The Kia EV9, featuring a wheelbase of 3100mm and an overall length of 5010mm, will be available in two configurations: a single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD). The top-end GT-Line AWD version boasts a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 6.0 seconds and will soon receive an upgrade to enhance its torque to 700Nm. Additionally, a more potent EV9 GT variant is set to be released in 2025.
Pricing for these models is anticipated to start around $97,000, offering a drivetrain capable of achieving a range of up to 512km.
Mini Cooper EV (2024 Q3)
Range of 305km.
Renault Megane e-Tech (2024 Q1)
Expect a price of $65,000 and a range of 454km.
Renault Kangoo e-Tech (2024 Q1)
The second commercial EV expected to be launched in Australia this year, the electric Kangoo claims a range of 285km and is forecast to have a price tag of about $62,000.
MG Cyberster (2024 Q4)
It may make it, it may not. MG wants this two-seater sports electric car on the Australian market but demand in other places may curtail its early launch.
Cyberster is built on a skateboard platform and features self-powered scissor doors. There will be rear- and all-wheel drive versions.
MG said it hopes to see the car “in the second half of this year” with prices opening at about $100,000 (based on UK prices). Not cheap but it will be in demand. The previous two-seat electric vehicle available in Australia was the Tesla-powered Lotus Elise.
Peugeot e-208 (2024 H1)
Neat small city car plans an early launch and pricing of about $55,000. It claims a range of 400km.
Polestar 3 (mid-2024)
Upmarket tech from the Geely group (Volvo, Lotus and others) is the second all-electric model to be launched on Australian shores. The 3 gets a price tag of about $135,000 and a range of up to 610km.
Polestar 4 (2024 Q3)
The elegant Polestar 4 SUV coupe is expected to follow the 3 in September. It’s smaller and should be more affordable, so has a bigger target market. Interesting features include its lack of a rear window, with a rear-facing camera used to give the driver a broader view.
The 4 has a range of about 600km. Opt for the dual-motor long-range variant and Polestar says it will deliver 400kW/686Nm and a 3.8-second 0-100km/h sprint. All Polestar 4s support 200kW DC fast and 22kW AC home charging.
Skoda Enyaq (mid-2024)
Shares EV platform and drive with Volkswagen models. Claims a 547km range.
Volvo EX30 (2024 Q1)
Much-awaited small Scandinavian builds on Volvo’s expanding EV range with cute styling and all the tech of Volvo’s bigger electric vehicles. It is the first Volvo EV to be based on an EV-specific platform. Expect a sticker price of about $60,000 and a range of 540km.
Volvo EX90 (2024 Q4)
Seven-seat all-electric SUV expected here late in the year with a family-friendly 600km range.
Volkswagen ID.4 (mid-2024)
The long-awaited Volkswagen ID is the first EV from the ID series, known as the ID.4 SUV. Drivetrains have common components across the model range, with some having optional dual electric motors and long-range batteries. The ID.4 has a range of 550km and is powered by a 150kW/310Nm rear-mounted electric motor.
Volkswagen ID.5 (mid-2024)
This is a coupe all-electric version of the ID.4 with a more powerful drivetrain of a 250kW/545Nm twin-motor that boasts a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds. Range of 556km.
Volkswagen ID.3 (2024 Q4)
This is the hatchback EV built to sell for under $60,000. It uses a 150kW/310Nm single motor and a 77kWh battery for a range of up to 559km.
Volkswagen ID.Buzz (2024 Q4)
The new-age ‘Kombi’ goes all-electric for a range of 425km. It will initially have a single electric motor with 150kW/310Nm for its role as a cargo delivery van but as a seven-seat people mover, will have a 250kW all-wheel drive system and a range of 424km.
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