Top 10 Selling Electric Cars in Australia 2022 | Canstar (2022)

Looking for the best EV? While this is hotly debated in Australia right now, here’s how people are voting with their wallets. Plus, I share my experiences with the Tesla in Norway, the country with the world’s highest proportion of electric vehicles.

There are some things that remind you you’re a long way from home, and that’s exactly how I felt when I saw my first dancing Tesla – gleaming on a bleak Nordic night like a driveway disco party in Bygdøy, a forested peninsula in Oslo. I nearly skidded out of my ice grips, as its bright lights pierced the jet-black sky and illuminated the white snow, pulsing out choreographed moves to a blaring rendition of ‘Carol of the Bells’ by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Beneath snow-dappled trees, the faces of a Norwegian family were backlit by flashes of light from the car’s beams. They watched in awe, delighted by the car’s light show. After all, what’s not super-cool about having a family car that can dance too?

Tesla models perform a light show.

“You’re not in Australia anymore,” I told myself, but really, the local transport system had been giving me cues since I’d bundled our baby in endless wool and moved to the other side of the world with my husband for a few years living abroad.

Here, Teslas were like Toyotas to us Aussies, ubiquitous and popular on Oslo’s colourful streets. On an early morning, I’d nearly walked straight into one as I naively missed the whisper-quiet hum of an approaching EV from what seemed like the wrong side of the street (thanks European driving rules). Whoops!

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Today, Tesla isn’t just a top seller in Norway, but also in many other parts of the world. The company also boasts having Australia’s top selling EV, with the Tesla Model 3 outselling its closest rival by more than eight to one Down Under last year, when it notched up over 12,000 sales.

What are the top 10 selling electric cars in Australia?

Some of the bestselling electric cars in Australia include the Tesla Model 3, MG ZS, Mitsubishi Outlander, MG HS, Porsche Taycan, Hyundai Kona, Volvo XC40, Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf and Mercedes-Benz EQA, based on the most popular fully electric and plug-in hybrid electric models sold in Australia in 2021, according to the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC).

Unless otherwise noted, specifications listed below are for the base model of each vehicle, and sourced from the manufacturers’ websites and other industry sources. Pricier models may come with different specifications – check with the manufacturer for details.

1. Tesla Model 3

Source: Chasing Cars.

Specifications

  • Price: from $59,900 (plus on-road costs)
  • Motor: Rear-wheel drive
  • Battery: 60kWh lithium-ion polymer (estimated)
  • Range: 491km
  • Energy consumption: 11.7kWh/100km (estimated)
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating
  • 2021 sales: 12,094
  • Website: www.tesla.com/en_au

Note that the battery and energy consumption figures above are estimates because Tesla does not disclose some official figures.

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2. MG ZS EV

Source: Drive.com.au.

Specifications

  • Price: $44,990 (driveaway)
  • Motor: Single AC synchronous electric motor
  • Battery: 44.5kWh lithium-ion
  • Range: 263km
  • Energy consumption: 16.2kWh/100km
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating
  • 2021 sales: 1,388
  • Website: mgmotor.com.au

3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Source: Chasing Cars.

Specifications

  • Price: from $47,990 (with higher pricing anticipated for 2022 model)
  • Motor: Twin electric motors, combined with an MIVEC petrol engine
  • Battery: 13.8kWh lithium-ion
  • Range: 54km using electric motors alone
  • Energy consumption: 1.9 L/100km
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating
  • 2021 sales: 592
  • Website: www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au

4. MG HS +EV

Source: Carsales.com.au.

Specifications

  • Price: from $48,990 driveaway (EV Essence model)
  • Motor: Turbocharged petrol engine with a permanent-magnet synchronous motor
  • Battery: 16.6kWh lithium-ion
  • Range: Combined cycle of up to 63km (EV only)
  • Energy consumption: 1.7L/100km (combined)
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating for petrol variants; PHEV variants unrated.
  • 2021 sales: 580
  • Website: mgmotor.com.au

5. Porsche Taycan

Source: Carsales.com.au.

Specifications

  • Price: from $156,300 for the Porsche Taycan RWD base model, plus on-road costs
  • Motor: two permanent magnet synchronous motors
  • Battery: 79.2–93.4kWh 800V lithium-ion
  • Range: 369km with standard Performance Battery. Up to 434km with optional Performance Battery Plus.
  • Energy consumption: 30.5kWh/100km
  • Safety: Unrated by ANCAP; Euro NCAP awarded a five-star safety rating in 2019.
  • 2021 sales: 531
  • Website: www.porsche.com/australia/

6. Hyundai Kona

Source: CarsGuide.

Specifications

  • Price: starting from $59,346 (Kona Electric Elite) and $63,021 (Kona Electric Highlander)
  • Motor: 100kW or 150kW single AC synchronous electric motor
  • Battery: 39.2kWh or 64kWh lithium-ion polymer for the 100kW and 150kW motor, respectively
  • Range: 305km (100kW motor) or 484km (150kW motor)
  • Energy consumption: 14.3kWh/100km (100kW motor) or 14.7kWh/100km (150kW motor)
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating
  • 2021 sales: 505
  • Website: www.hyundai.com/au

7. Volvo XC40

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Source: Drive.com.au.

Specifications

  • Price: $76,990 (plus on-road costs) for 2022 XC40 Recharge Pure Electric
  • Motor: Dual motor, all-wheel drive
  • Battery: 78kWh lithium-ion
  • Range: 418km
  • Energy consumption: 25.5kWh/100km
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating
  • 2021 sales: 495
  • Website: www.volvocars.com/au

8. Hyundai Ioniq 5

Source: CarsGuide.

Specifications

  • Price: from $71,900 (plus on-road costs)
  • Motor: Permanent magnet synchronous motor
  • Battery: 72.6kWh lithium-ion
  • Range: 451km (2WD); 430km (AWD)
  • Energy consumption: 17.9kWh/100km (2WD); 19kWh/100km (AWD)
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating
  • 2021 sales: 407
  • Website: www.hyundai.com/au

9. Nissan Leaf

Source: CarsGuide.

Specifications

  • Price: from $53,190 driveaway
  • Motor: Single AC synchronous electric motor
  • Battery: 40kWh lithium-ion
  • Range: 270km
  • Energy consumption: 16.4kWh/100km
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating for the base Nissan Leaf model; Leaf e+ variants are unrated by ANCAP
  • 2021 sales: 367
  • Website: www.nissan.com.au

10. Mercedes-Benz EQA

Source: Chasing Cars.

Specifications

  • Price: $76,800 (plus on-road costs) for the EQA 250
  • Motor: Single asynchronous electric motor; dual electric motor also available
  • Battery: 66.5kWh 420V lithium-ion
  • Range: Up to 400km
  • Energy consumption: 16.2kWh/100km
  • Safety: Five-star ANCAP rating
  • 2021 sales: 367
  • Website: www.mercedes-benz.com.au

Sources: Specifications from manufacturer websites and additional industry sources, with the top 10 based on EVC 2021 electric car sales data. Note for readers: Some manufacturers have used New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) or Australian Design Rules (ADR) fuel consumption data, but most have relied on World harmonized Light-duty vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) results. Real -life driving results will vary depending on a combination of driving style, type of journey, vehicle configuration, battery age and condition, use of vehicle features (such as heating and air conditioning), as well as operating, environmental and climate conditions.

Keep in mind there are many other electric cars available in Australia right now, with over 30 models offered locally at the time of writing. What’s ‘best’ for you really depends on your preferences, needs and budget. You can discover other choices, like the Kia EV6, Audi e-tron, BMW X5 PHEV, Range Rover PHEV, Jaguar I-Pace, Mini Electric and Lexus UX 300e, and read more detailed car reviews on Canstar Blue.

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How can I save money buying an electric car?

There’s an online cost calculator you can use to compare how much money you might save by buying an electric vehicle, versus keeping your current car. Canstar has covered the overall affordability of electric cars, including running costs, registration, servicing and insurance. Canstar Blue has also written about some of the pros and cons of electric vehicles. Some electric cars may be eligible for luxury car tax concessions, purchase rebates and other incentives in selected states and territories. Keep in mind the luxury car tax (LCT) can be a whopping 33% if you buy a model that’s above the LCT threshold, so you may be able to save cash by being tax-savvy with your car choice.

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How many electric cars are being sold in Australia?

The EVC says EVs have bumped up their relative market share from 0.78% to 1.95% in Australia over 2020–21, with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) almost tripling in sales from 6,900 in 2020 to 20,665 in 2021. On a state vs territory basis, NSW and Victoria have most of Australia’s EVs, and the ACT has the highest ratio of EVs as a percentage of total registrations, according to the 2021 State of Electric Vehicles report.

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What is the best selling EV model in Australia? ›

Tesla Model 3

What is the most common electric car in Australia? ›

Tesla can claim some 55% of the 14,523 EVs sold in Australia so far in 2022. Hyundai claims second place with 1,728 EVs sold in Australia so far for the year – almost 12% of EV market share – while Polestar, MG and Kia hold third, fourth and fifth place.

What percentage of new car sales in Australia are electric? ›

Electric vehicles just 3.39% of new Australian car sales despite sharp increase, report says. New electric vehicle sales within Australia have increased by 65% in 2022 but uptake still lags far behind other countries.

How many electric cars sold in Australia this year? ›

Total vehicles sold vs the total number of EV's sold in Australia
YearTotal Vehicles SoldTotal Number of EV's Sold
20161,178,1331369
20171,189,1162287
20181,153,1112216
20191,062,8676718
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Which is best electric vehicle in market? ›

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  • ACE Cargo: 2023.
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  • ACE Yewt: 2023.
  • Audi E-Tron GT: late 2022.
  • Audi RS E-Tron GT: late 2022.
  • BMW iX1: 2023.
  • BMW i7: late 2022.
  • BYD EA1 Hatch: Aiming for December 2022.
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Does Tesla sell model Y in Australia? ›

The first examples of the 2023 Tesla Model Y electric SUV have been delivered to customers in Australia – more than three years after the model made its global debut, and two months after local pricing was announced.

How many Nissan Leafs have been sold in Australia? ›

Launched overseas in 2010, but introduced to Australia in 2012, the Leaf has passed through two generations, and has sold more than 2000 examples in Australia – or over 600,000 sales worldwide.

How many Tesla cars have been sold in Australia? ›

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YearTesla global sales, change from prior year (based on Tesla financial reports)
2019367,500, up 50 per cent
2018245,240, up 138 per cent
2017103,120, up 35 per cent
201676,230, up 51 per cent
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